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Third Walking Dead Series Casts The Punisher Alum in Recurring Role

The Walking Dead's next spinoff has picked up another actor.

Deadline reports The Punisher alum Joe Holt will appear in a recurring role on the show. He will play Leo Bennett, "a solid family man and respected professor with a generous heart and unwavering optimism for the future. He’d risk his life to save the people he cares about."

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The spinoff, which does not yet have a title, follows "the first generation to come of age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever."

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Holt joins a cast that already includes Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru, Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu and Hal Cumpston. Mansour (Unfiltered: Dark Web) will reportedly portray a likable, impulsive rule-breaker with a sad secret, while Cantu (LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures) will portray a boy described as an old soul and trained in martial arts. Cumpston (Bilched) portrays a character described as big for his age, who scares other children due to his size, making him a bit of a loner figure.

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Previously, Holt appeared in two episodes of The Punisher Season 2 as Sheriff Hardin, a small-town cop whose run-in with Frank Castle wreaked havoc on his department. His past credits include The TickSupernatural, Scandal, Prison Break, Criminal Minds and Law & Order. He also lent his voice to the Batman: Arkham City video game.

Principal photography on the spinoff series is expected to begin this summer in Virginia for an unspecified 2020 premiere date. The series is created by The Walking Dead Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple and longtime The Walking Dead producer and writer, Matt Negrete, who will serve as the upcoming spinoff's showrunner for its ten-episode first season.

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