Beyond The Walking Dead: How Chandler Riggs Could Follow Jon Bernthal's Mega Success

Beyond The Walking Dead: How Chandler Riggs Could Follow Jon Bernthal’s Mega Success

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-01-04    2 min read

It’s not fair to say that just because Jon Bernthal was on The Walking Dead meant that he would have a successful future, but that’s exactly what happened. Now, with Chandler Riggs on his way out, we’re wondering if he can follow this success.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

After Jon Bernthal played Shane Walsh from 2010 to 2012, his career really took off. Basically, the actor was in a ton of small roles before, but he essentially became a leading “tough guy.” Now, he gets to work with director gods like Martin Scorsese and Edgar Wright.

Some of our favorite Jon Bernthal cameos are The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario, The Accountant, Wind River, and Baby Driver. But, he’s got another six films listed as pre-production, plus his own Netflix series.

Jon Bernthal Is The Punisher

Even if you were living under a rock (or amongst the undead) and didn’t see any of the films mentioned above, everyone has likely at least seen a promo of Jon Bernthal in the new Netflix series, The Punisher.

Thanks to the success of Daredevil, Netflix has decided to take on more long-term Marvel dramas. In The Punisher, Jon Bernthal stars as Frank Castle, a man set on revenge after his family is murdered.

So far, the series has an impressive 8.9 rating on IMDB after the first 14 episodes hit the streaming service. And, it looks like Chandler Riggs is working on a similar path.

Chandler Riggs Lands First Hollywood Role

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

There’s a rumor going around that Chandler Riggs is up for Stranger Things Season 3. But, it’s confirmed he’s doing a film with Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Sin City). The new movie, Inherit the Viper, is set to come out sometime in 2018.

According to IMDB, the film is a “Crime thriller about three siblings in Appalachia getting by as local opioids dealers, trying not to get caught in the spiral of violence that comes with the territory.” Presumably, Hartnett, Riggs, and newcomer Margarita Levieva (The Lincoln Lawyer, HBO’s The Deuce) are the siblings in the film.

Based on the description alone, it sounds like something a younger Jon Bernthal would have taken a shot at.

So, do you think Carl Grimes death will actually be a hoax (read here)?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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