'The Walking Dead''s success under Robert Kirkman remains assured through at least the next apocalypse, but the producer's Cinemax adaptation of exorcism comic drama 'Outcast' has today taken a major leap forward. 'Almost Famous' and 'Gone Girl' star Patrick Fugit has officially nabbed the pilot's leading role, while additional cast and a director have joined the supernatural thriller as well.

Per Deadline, Fugit will take the leading role of Kyle Barnes, a young man plagued by possession since childhood. Kyle sets out to find answers, in the process uncovering something that could end all life on Earth as we know it. Also among the cast is Philip Glenister in the hard-drinking, hard-gambling role of Reverend Anderson, a West Virginian evangelical preacher who believes himself soldier in God’s holy war against evil. Additionally, 'Annabelle' star Gabriel Bateman will play 8-year-old Joshua Austin, a young boy who appears to be possessed by a demon and has a mysterious connection to Kyle.

'The Guest' and 'You're Next' helmer Adam Wingard will direct the pilot episode of Robert Kirkman's 'Outcast,' while Kirkman himself previously said of the project:

I think Kyle Barnes is every bit as compelling as Rick Grimes and demonic possession is way scarier than zombies — so this is going to be fun. Starting a new project is like setting off on an long journey and I couldn’t ask for better travel companions than David Alpert and [Fox International Channel's] Sharon Tal Yguado and I’m thrilled to be a part of what Cinemax has planned for the next few years.

What do you think? Can you conjure the thought of Patrick Fugit as our exorcising 'Outcast'? What do you want to see from Robert Kirkman's second stab into comic-adapted horror series?

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