Patrick Fugit Cast as Lead in Kirkman's "Outcast" Series

Deadline reports that "Gone Girl" actor Patrick Fugit has been cast as the lead in Cinemax's television adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta's "Outcast." Philip Glenister and Gabriel Bateman will co-star, while the pilot will be directed by Adam Wingard.

Fugit will play series lead Kyle Barnes, who has been "plagued by possession since he was a child." Glenister is onboard as West Virginian evangelical preacher Reverend Anderson, while Bateman is onboard as Joshua Astin, an 8-year-old with a mysterious connection to Barnes and appears to be possessed by a demon.

Fans will likely recognize Adam Wingard's body of work from horror features "You're Next," "V/H/S" and its sequel "V/H/S 2." "Outcast" will be his first television project.

The series does not currently have a release date, though announcing partial cast and a director is the most development the project has seen since the pilot was greenlit by Cinemax. The project landed at the network following a multiple-cable network bidding war. The series currently has a script commitment with a large penalty, meaning the writer and producer will be paid a fee should the pilot not get produced.

"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," Kirkman said when the series was picked up by Cinemax. "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 [FIC's] Sharon Tal Yguado and I'm thrilled to be a part of what Cinemax has planned for the next few years."

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