The Walking Dead added Twilight actress Christian Serratos to its upcoming fourth season.
Serratos will play Rosita Espinosa, who was introduced in Issue #53 of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. The 22-year-old will recur during season 4 with an option to become a regular in season 5, according to Deadline.
Christian Serratos played Angela Weber, Bella Swan’s best friend, in the Twilight saga. The role earned the California native the “Young Supporting Actress” award in the Best Performance in a Feature Film category at the 30th Young Artist Awards. Serratos also appeared in the Black Keys’ video for “Howlin’ for You.”
AMC announced a spinoff companion series called Spread the Dead Monday. The show will feature a new cast and storyline, and will not be associated with Kirkman’s comic books.
“We look forward to working with Robert, Gale [Anne Hurd] and Dave [Alpert] again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of character,” network president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
Kirkman added, “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe.”
The season 3 finale broke a viewership record for AMC. The episode drew an all-time high of 12.4 million viewers, with 8.1 million viewers in the key 18-49 demographic. The season 2 finale drew 9 million viewers, and the midseason finale captured 10.2 million viewers.
The Walking Dead season 4 premieres October 13. The new season will be the first under new showrunner Scott Gimple, who replaces Glen Mazzara. Gimple joined the series as a producer and writer in the second season.