Although actor Khary Payton currently portrays the leader of the Kingdom on AMC’s The Walking Dead, there was once a member of the Lost cast who was once in the running for the role of the fan-favorite character King Ezekiel.
In an interview with Comicbook.com, actor Harold Perrineau reveals that the rumors of him being in talks for the role of King Ezekiel was true but due to scheduling conflicts the character had to bow out due to prior commitments. Perrineau, however, admits that he has no hard feelings whatsoever in having to pass on the role:
“There was a little bit of a talk about it. For a while there was. I was already doing something and it would’ve been a big juggle. Not that he’s not great! There was just a talk. It was a talk and it didn’t go down. I’m really excited for him.”
Perrineau who played Michael in Lost also feels that the hit ABC series paved the way for other shows such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones that tell their stories in a novelized fashion through various character arcs:
“I think it 100% did. I think it paved the way for a lot of the TV we see now. There are things that people thought you couldn’t get away with on television before and Lost came along and broke all these rules. Now, there’s all this great storytelling and different ways of telling the story and I think Lost was one of the first things to do that.”
Although he is happy for Payton’s portrayal of the popular The Walking Dead character, the actor reveals, “it would be fun to have a tiger!”
The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio, Xander Berkeley, Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon.
The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9 pm ET on AMC.
New Comic Book Shows That Are Coming In 2017-2018
The current TV season is pretty much done as several comic book and superhero TV shows have concluded their respective seasons. All the comic book shows that aired this year will be back for the new TV season with The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, iZombie, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, with ABC bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back for another season and FOX giving Gotham and Lucifer another go.
FX is also bringing back their new comic book TV hit series with Legion while AMC is bringing back The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead for new seasons, along with their new Vertigo hit Preacher. While the comic book TV landscape is already epic in scope, it’s only going to get bigger next year. The 2017-2018 television season is going to be one of the biggest seasons of all time for comic book adaptations for both DC and Marvel.
To make it a bit easier to keep up with what is coming out next season, we have put together a perfect guide of what new comic book shows are coming to the silver screen. The shows that we have listed are those that have officially been picked up to series and been guaranteed a slot for the 2017-2018 TV season, for both broadcast television, cable and streaming services.
Several of these new comic book shows, while picked up to series, are still in the process of casting their leads as well as getting official premiere dates set. Hit the NEXT button below and let’s go through all the new exciting comic book and superhero television shows that are coming from DC and Marvel.