Tales Of The Walking Dead Looks At Jake Johnson And Jimmy Smits And Intriguing New Episode Details: Exclusive

The Walking Dead has become a huge franchise since its premiere on AMC in 2010. It has spawned numerous spin-off series and a planned movie trilogy. One of the new spin-off series that caught fans’ attention is Tales of the Living Deadan anthology series that will explore new and existing characters in the world of The Walking Dead.

While details about the series have been scarce, here at The Illuminerdi we investigated and recently found some interesting new information. We recently revealed that Tales of the Living Dead plans to have an episode focusing on Alpha, a major antagonist in seasons 9 and 10 of the flagship series. However, we also learned new information about two more intriguing episodes of the upcoming series.

TALES OF THE DEAD INTERESTED IN JIMMY SMITS AND JAKE JOHNSON FOR LEADING ROLES

According to our sources, AMC is interested in Jimmy Smits and Jake Johnson to star in two of the episodes of the anthology series. From what we heard Tales of the Living Dead is interested in Jimmy Smits to direct the episode with the working title, “Tales Of The Walking Dead: Naturalist.”

BLUFF CITY LAW – Episode “Pilot” – Pictured: Jimmy Smits as Elijah Strait – (Photo by: Jake Giles Netter/NBC)

AMC is interested in Jimmy Smits to play the title character, “Dr. Caulder,” in the episode. Dr. Caulder is portrayed as headstrong, determined, a binary scientific thinker and naturalist. He has spent his life alone, devoting himself fully into the study of nature. He believes that a new predator has usurped humans on an evolutionary scale and wants to preserve the new natural order. Determined not to let people in, he finds an unexpected faith into humanity after meeting someone who forces him to question what is most important, the nature of education?

AMC is also looking for a woman in her 30s of any ethnicity to play the female lead in the episode “Kristen Lee.” She is described as quick-witted, straightforward, and surprisingly insightful. A lifelong survivor, she consciously travels into dangerous territory. Kristen attaches great importance to human relations and is very good at charming people, even those who turn out to be closed. She has a unique ability to see through the difference she has with others and persuade them to see her point of view using sarcasm and humor.

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While details about the episode are sparse, it’s worth noting that it seems to focus on a naturalist, a scientist who studies the natural world. Given the character description, it seems like the episode could potentially take place at the start of the outbreak, with the doctor working to preserve the new natural order based on his scientific beliefs. If Jimmy Smits took the role, he could bring the perfect amount of gravity and toughness to such a unique character. Exploring a new perspective, a scientist not fighting to stop an apocalyptic event, is an unexpected and compelling possibility for Tales of the Living Dead.

Tales Of The Walking Dead Looks At Jake Johnson And Jimmy Smits And Intriguing New Episode Details: Exclusive

AMC is also interested in Jake Johnson to star in an episode. While we couldn’t find many details about the character or the episode itself, we did manage to find out that the episode’s working title, “Tales Of The Walking Dead: Preppers” and the character of Jake Johnson would be one of the protagonists of the episode tentatively named “Joe”. The title of the episode is intriguing and seems to indicate the intrigue surrounding perhaps doomsday preparators, people who prepare for disasters.

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If this episode takes place before the outbreak or just at the start of the outbreak, it might be interesting to show a prepper who turns out to be right about a zombie outbreak. If Johnson takes on the role, he might be the perfect actor to balance humor with the high stakes of a world overrun by zombies. Especially if he embodies a man who prepares for the worst and who turns out to be right when everyone doubted him.

Tales Of The Walking Dead Looks At Jake Johnson And Jimmy Smits And Intriguing New Episode Details: Exclusive

With Tales of the Living Dead being an anthology series, it has a ton of potential to open up countless new stories. The series is said to deepen existing characters like the infamous Alpha, as well as tons of new characters. The Walking Dead has already expanded into a number of spin-offs. However, what makes Tales of the Living Dead standing out is its anthology style and the fact that one of these episodes could potentially lead to its own spin-off if audiences respond and the creators have more story to tell.

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After capturing audiences for over a decade The Walking Dead is in the middle of its eleventh and final season. The franchise has spawned several spin-off series, Fear the living dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Tales of the Living Dead, and the announced Carol and Daryl spin-off series slated after the flagship series’ final season. Although the original series is coming to an end, there are still a ton of stories to tell and Tales of the Living Dead might prove to be the most intriguing new spin-off with its anthology storytelling style. The series will allow creators to experience many possibilities and truly explore this world in a whole new way.

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Tales of the Living Dead is set to debut on AMC later this year, but no premiere date has been announced at this time. Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? Are you excited for Tales Zombies? Would you like to see Jake Johnson or Jimmy Smits in the new anthology series? What do you think of these episodes? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and return with The Illuminerdi for more AMC and Tales of the Living Dead.

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