Thanks to the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, many stars of the show have been offered additional film or television roles. Perhaps the most obvious success story comes from Shane Walsh actor Jon Bernthal, but Michonne actress Danai Gurira may be giving him a run for his money in 2018.
I, Tonya Highlights The Walking Dead Actor
Actor Joshua Mikel is one of the most hated characters on The Walking Dead. As Jared, he’s the man responsible for Benjamin’s death in Season 7 and can’t stop running his mouth to Morgan in season 8. The Georgia native has moved on beyond The Walking Dead and landed a few more roles in 2018.
Mikel is set to have small roles in the upcoming comedy Game Night, but he also stands out as the “Heckling Spectator” in the new movie, I, Tonya. The new film follows the ridiculous “true story” of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding, where Mikel played a spectator paid to yell at Tonya, similar to the “Jackass” scenes from Happy Gilmore.
Den of Thieves
If Joshua Mikel’s Jared is the most hated character on The Walking Dead, Cooper Andrews’ Jerry is the most beloved. Season 8A ended with Jerry getting himself into some trouble. The right-hand man to the king got into a car crash and Simon took him as a hostage (it’s unclear if he got away or not in the mid-season finale).
Aside from Jerry’s unknown fate, actor Cooper Andrews also found the time to appear in the heist film, Den of Thieves. Written and directed by London Has Fallen creator Christian Gudegast, the new film is a crime saga where the LA County Sherriff’s office appears to be at war against a set of bank robbers.
Cooper Andrews will play Mack in the new film, which also stars Gerard Butler (300), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black), and Curtis Jackson (a.k.a rapper
Sorry to Bother You
Steven Yeun has left The Walking Dead, but he will always be remembered as Glenn Rhee on the zombie drama.We’ll even soon get to see a Baby Rhee on the series.
Outside of The Walking Dead, Steven Yeun has landed a handful of roles (Okja, Mayhem), where he will also play alongside Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), and Terry Crews (Brooklyn 99) in the new film, Sorry to Bother You.
In the film from writer-director Boots Riley, “In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.”
Black Panther (&) Avengers: Infinity War
While Michonne is healing up in the sewer, dealing with the potential loss of Carl Grimes, and figuring out how to help Rick Grimes and Judith, actress Danai Gurira will be taken over the big screen in two major films. Marvel will deliver Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.
Danai Gurira will play Okoye. In the origin story for Black Panther, “T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.” Black Panther comes out this February.
Two months later, Avengers: Infinity War comes out where Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy (among others) unite to fight evil. This is the third installment of the franchise, where the Avengers will fight Thanos.
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Since Jon Bernthal left The Walking Dead, he’s had quite an impressive career. Since 2012, he’s been in The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario, Daredevil (Netflix), The Accountant, Wind River, Baby Driver, and The Punisher (Netflix), among others. Now he’s going to be in a modern Mark Twain story.
In The Peanut Butter Falcon, Jon Bernthal will play Mark, alongside other stars such as Shia LeBeouf (Fury), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone). The story follows a 22-year-old with Down syndrome who runs away to chase his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler.
In addition to the film above, Jon Bernthal will also have a role in the new film from Steve McQueen. After the mega success of Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen is now tackling the story, Widows. The new film is also written by Gone Girl creator, Gillian Flynn.
Widows is set in Chicago, where four women have nothing in common except for a debt from their four criminal husbands. In addition to Jon Bernthal, the film also stars Liam Neeson (Taken), Colin Farrell (In Bruges), Robert Duvall (The Apostle), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious), and Viola Davis (The Help), among others.
In addition to Sorry to Bother You, Glenn Rhee actor Steven Yeun is also going to do some voice work for Chew. Like The Walking Dead, Chu is also from a comic book. The story follows Detective Tony Chu, a cibopathic who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats, including dead bodies. This time, Glenn is the walker.
In addition to playing Morgan Jones on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, actor Lennie James will also star in a 6-episode series, Save Me. The new series is listed as post-production, but there aren’t many details listed for the new show. In one photo, Lennie James has a scar on his face.
Inherit The Viper
Every fan of The Walking Dead is trying to figure out how to save Carl Grimes. But the consensus is that Chandler Riggs will no longer be on the zombie drama. Besides a final few “deathbed” episodes, Riggs has also landed a new role in the film, Inherit the Viper.
In this 2018 film, Chandler Riggs will show off his mullet. This new movie is a “Crime thriller about three siblings in Appalachia.” Theses siblings get by as local opioids dealers who try to avoid the local violence. The film also stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) and Margarita Levieva (The Deuce).
On The Walking Dead, Negan and Rick Grimes are going to be battling for at least eight more episodes. But actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan still found the time to star alongside The Rock in Rampage. The new film is loosely based on the 1980s video games that features gigantic apes and other monsters.
Which film(s) excites you the most in 2018?
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