New ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Cast Member Announced And More Starting Date Speculation

Since the Season 5 conclusion of AMC’s The Walking Dead, fans have been anxiously awaiting the series premiere date for the new Walking Dead companion, Fear The Walking Dead. The only thing we know for certain about the start date is that it will fall sometime during the summer months; that means either June, July, or August. There was earlier speculation the show would premiere on June 12. However, this date is yet to be confirmed or denied by AMC. Although, considering Season 5 finished on March 29 and Season 6 will probably start sometime in October, it would seem likely AMC will place Fear The Walking Dead right in the middle of these dates, which – once again – makes it somewhere around the middle of June, although depending on whether The Walking Dead premieres on October 10 or 17 (these dates are based on previous start dates for The Walking Dead seasons), means this June 12 date could be out by one week, June 19. But is there enough time for AMC to announce a June start date? After all, FX just announced Season 2 of The Strain would commence on July 12, a whole month after fans are estimating the Fear The Walking Dead start date.

The other likely alternative is that AMC will place Fear The Walking Dead directly before the Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, so we will get six weeks of Fear The Walking Dead and then straight into the premiere of The Walking Dead. This means fans could potentially expect a start date of Fear The Walking Dead at either August 29 or September 5, 2015. Or AMC could just pick a date that doesn’t coincide with anything they have done before, so fans will just have to wait a bit longer to see when AMC will premiere their new zombie series. Although, considering a long weekend in the US is coming up, fans are wondering if it would be an opportune time for AMC to make an announcement.

Now for casting news.

'Fear The Walking Dead' newcomer, Lorenzo James Henrie, will play the character Chris

Recently the Inquisitr announced Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mercedes Mason would be joining the Fear The Walking Dead cast. Now we have a new announcement: the character of Chris, the son of divorced couple, Madison (Kim Dickens) Travis (Cliff Curtis) will be played by Lorenzo James Henrie. Lorenzo will be familiar to fans from the recent movie, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. According to EW, Chris will be a troubled character who deeply resents his parents divorce – blaming his father, Travis, for the breakup. According to Robert Kirkman, the man who created the Walking Dead comic book series and is on board for Fear The Walking Dead as well, this series is all about its core characters, Madison and Travis in particular.

“I think at its core this is a story of Travis and Madison, who are these two schoolteachers that both have kids from previous marriages and are very much in love. And then one of the things that really excites me about this show is the fact that this is a show about two people who are a team, and they do back each other up. They do love and respect each other. They’re a happy couple, which is something that you don’t see a lot of on cable television these days.”

While Kirkman is signed on to AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead, he can now add the upcoming Transformers series to his accomplishments, after Deadline announced Paramount and the creative minds behind the Transformers movie, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, had added Robert Kirkman to their lineup of writers for the new series they are developing based on the movie. Joining Kirkman will be Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (Amazing Spider-Man 2).

It will be interesting to see how Kirkman juggles two zombies series as well as the new Transformers series.

[Image Credits: AMC and IMDb / Ryder Sloane]