The dead will rise again–this time in the Syfy series Day of the Dead–and casting this week began in earnest.
Five actors have signed on for the series based on George A. Romero’s iconic 1985 zombie film of the same name, as reported by Deadline. The show comes from Abbott Street Films and Cartel Entertainment.
Keenan Tracey, Daniel Doheny, Natalie Malaika, Morgan Holmstrom and Kristy Dinsmore are on board as regulars for the 10-episode first season that will follow six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of a zombie invasion.
Tracey will play Cam McDermott, a high school senior and son of a local police detective. Doheny will portray Luke Bowman, son of the town mayor. Malaika will play Lauren Howell, an assistant mortician, while Holmstrom will portray ex-Special Forces soldier Sarah Blackwood, who becomes embroiled in the zombie invasion. Dinsmore will play Amy, who begins a transformation when the dead start to rise.
The series–with a tentative debut set for sometime in 2021–will be written by showrunners Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas. Horror filmmaker Steven Kostanski (The Void, The Divide) will direct the first four episodes and also act as executive producer. Production reportedly is already underway in Vancouver.
No premiere date has been set for the Syfy series, so keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates on Day of the Dead.