The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Tom Payne has been cast as Jesus in "The Walking Dead's" upcoming sixth season. The British actor is best known Stateside for his role on "Luck," a short-lived 2011 HBO series starring Dustin Hoffman. Payne joins the cast in a recurring role for season six with an option for season seven.
The news comes not long after photographs surfaced from "The Walking Dead's" set showing an actor that looked suspiciously like Jesus from the comics. This announcement confirms that Payne is on the set, playing Jesus in clothes very similar to what he wears in the Image Comics series.
Introduced in "The Walking Dead" #91, Paul Monroe's nickname Jesus comes equally from his appearance as well as his knack for saving people. Since Jesus is a major player in the Alexandria setting as well as the eventual war against Negan and his followers, THR speculates that this casting could mean the AMC series is fast approaching the introduction of the major villain.
"The Walking Dead" returns for its sixth season on October 11.