The Walking Dead: Where to see its stars next

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With Andrew Lincoln taking time out from his busy zombie-fighting schedule to film an appearance in Red Nose Day Actually, and with no more Walking Dead on our screens for the next six months, now is the perfect time to see what the rest of the cast members are getting up to in their downtime between seasons. Don’t worry, they’re a busy bunch and there’s plenty to tide you over until The Walking returns!

The good guys

Chandler Riggs who plays Rick’s son Carl on the show is appearing in a nasty looking home invasion horror-thriller called Keep Watching alongside the likes of Ioan Gruffudd and Leigh Whannell. This is the feature debut of its writer and director and therefore might be a little tricky to find in cinemas but at least we know that Riggs has plenty of experience being terrorised in The Walking Dead.

Daryl fans might be a little disappointed to hear that Norman Reedus will next be heard but not (really) seen as he is voicing a character in video game Death Stranding. However, he did provide motion capture so if you’ve ever wanted to control Daryl in a videogame, this is your chance. At least his future schedule isn’t so full that we’d have to start assuming that Daryl is likely to be killed off anytime soon.

Both Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and Danai Gurira (Michonne) are appearing in All Eyez on Me, a biopic of legendary rapper, actor and activist Tupac Shakur. Speaking of Danai Gurira, we can also look forward to 2018 when we’ll be seeing her taking a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’O in Black Panther.

Quick spoiler alert if you’re not up to date with the season 7 finale yet: in which case, please skip this paragraph! We should have known Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) was on her way out as she’s moving straight on to a leading role in Star Trek: Discovery. Apparently, she signed up to Star Trek after being written out of Walking Dead so that must have made her bank balance breathe a sigh of relief.

Josh McDermitt (Eugene) also has an appearance in the new series of Twin Peaks lined up so let’s hope that doesn’t turn into a recurring role and mean that Negan is going to get sick of having Eugene around.

It’s probably not a huge role but Lennie James (Morgan) is going to (at least) pop up in director-of-the-moment Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 alongside Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. This long-awaited sequel is making all the right moves so far and may well be one of the cinematic highlights of the year.

The villain

So what about old Negan himself? With all the screen time Negan’s been getting in season 7 and the many more minutes he’ll be racking up in season 8, it’s surprising to see that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has time for anything else apart from his Walking Dead baseball bat-twirling duties. Clearly talking advantage of the break in between filming of seasons 7 and 8, JDM actually has two films due out in 2018. Militia and Rampage are both in pre-production but is the the latter which has me most excited. Rampage stars Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris and is based on the classic 80s video game featuring apes and monsters smashing down cities. Let’s hope he brings Lucille to this monster fight!

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