English actor David Morrissey has been cast as the lead in AMC’s pilot “Line of Sight,” reports Deadline. Morrissey’s already working with the network on “The Walking Dead,” in which he played the psychopathic antagonist The Governor in the last season, a role he’s set to return to in season four. Fear not, hordes of fans of the zombie drama — the pilot won’t interfere with his work on it, as the two are both shooting in Atlanta, allowing Morrissey to do double duty.
This casting news would seem to indicate that The Governor won’t be surviving beyond season four, though “The Walking Dead” has been willing to both bring characters back into the action after absences and to kill them off. Also unknown is how closely the show will follow The Governor’s storyline in Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels, as it’s already made some significant deviations from the source material.
“Line of Sight,” which has been described as AMC’s first science fiction venture, comes from creator, writer and executive producer Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”). Morrissey will play Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board whose survival of a mysterious plane crash leads him on a quest to discover its cause. The pilot is a co-production of Fox Television Studios and AMC Studios, and will be directed by Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Rachel Getting Married”). Kai Lennox, soon to be seen in Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves,” has also been cast in the pilot.
AMC has been famously picky with its dramas, having not introduced a new one at all last year. The network’s been trying to step up this process as “Breaking Bad” comes to an end and “Mad Men” approaches one, having recently greenlit two series for 2014 — the Silicon Prairie-set “Halt & Catch Fire” and the Revolutionary War spy story “Turn.”