Kim Dickens joins the cast of 'Walking Dead' spinoff

Kim Dickens will star as the female lead in AMC's 'Walking Dead' spinoff

The cast of AMC's spinoff of "The Walking Dead" is slowly taking shape. Now it has a female lead in Kim Dickens.

Dickens, who most recently appeared with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher's film, "Gone Girl" will star alongside Cliff Curtis in the series that takes place in the same universe as "The Walking Dead." But don't expect Rick and company to pop up in the new series. While "The Walking Dead" takes place in the American South, the spinoff series will take place on the West Coast, according to Variety, who first reported the casting along with Deadline.

Robert Kirkman co-created the new series along with co-writer Dave Erickson, who will also serve as showrunner.

AMC would not comment on details of Dickens' character.

"The Walking Dead" continues to be a ratings monster on AMC, with its most recent season premiere drawing 17.29 million people, the biggest audience yet for the series.

The fifth season will resume on Feb. 8.

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