Fear the Walking Dead Recruits Orange Is the New Black’s Elizabeth Rodriguez

EW brings word that “Orange Is the New Black” and “Grimm” star Elizabeth Rodriguez has joined the cast of AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead,” the prequel companion series to the hit series The Walking Dead. Rodriguez’s role is being kept under wraps for the time being, but she has signed on to be a series regular.

“Fear The Walking Dead” will also star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm). It will take place far away from the Atlanta, Georgia setting of “The Walking Dead” in the streets of Los Angeles, amid the early days of the infection.

Series creator Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner. Adam Davidson will direct the pilot episode.

The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” will consist of six one-hour episodes and will premiere on AMC this summer with a second season already ordered and set to debut in 2016. You can check out the previously-released teaser trailer below.

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