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AMC Casts Lennie James for ‘Low Winter Sun,’ Not ‘The Walking Dead’

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Well…close enough.  Ever since its pilot episode, fans of ‘The Walking Dead‘ have been clamoring to see British thespian Lennie James reprise his role as Rick Grimes’ fellow survivor Morgan, alongside his son Duane, if only to learn what became of the characters after their initial appearance.  Well, AMC has decided to split the difference not by returning James to ‘The Walking Dead,’ but instead casting him in its new pilot ‘Low Winter Sun.’  So who will the character actor play?

TVLine has told us that former ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Prisoner’ star Lennie James will return to AMC a second time, this occasion taking a role in upcoming drama pilot ‘Low Winter Sun.’  Though no details are available of James’ role, joining him for the series is fellow UK actor Mark Strong, reprising his role from the 2006 UK miniseries from which AMC’s pilot is adapted.

Adapted from a 2006 UK mini-series and written and executive produced by Chris Mundy (‘Criminal Minds’), the AMC drama is described as “a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption that starts with the murder of a cop by fellow Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Strong).”  Instead, the murder forever alters the detective’s life by activating forces that pull him deeper into the Detroit underworld.

Also cast in the series is newcomer James Ransone as the show’s younger lead, Ruben Santiago Hudson and ‘The Transporter’ star Athena Karkanis.  Hudson will portray Lt. George Torrance, the commander of Frank’s precinct and a 25-year veteran of the force, while Karkanis will play Dani Kahlil, a beautiful and highly intelligent detective who is a “bright light” on the force.

What say you?  Do you think having Lennie James in the fold for AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun’ makes it more, or less likely his ‘The Walking Dead’ character could pop up again?  Are you looking forward to ‘Low Winter Sun?’  Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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