Actor/model/author Nico Tortorella has officially landed one of the lead roles in AMC’s upcoming Walking Dead spin-off show. The untitled series, which is set to premiere sometime in Spring 2020, follows a younger generation of survivors who grew up in the zombie apocalypse. According to Deadline, Tortorella will play a character named Felix, who is “described as an honorable man of his word who isn’t afraid to fight for others’ safety and acceptance.”
Tortorella is a Chicago native who has appeared in TV Land’s “Younger,” FOX’s “The Following,” and the film “Scream 4.” Tortorella is also an amazing LGBTQIA+ advocate who hosts a podcast called “The Love Bomb” and identifies as gender non-binary, meaning they use singular they/them pronouns. They also have a book about sexuality called “Space Between,” which comes out this Fall and explores the “narrative investigation of love, sex, gender, addiction, family, fame, and fluidity through the lens of their nonbinary identity.” Tortorella posted about his casting announcement on his Instagram, saying “Felix is the one”:
Tortorella joins Alex Mansour (Hope), Nicolas Cantu (Elton), Hal Cumpston (Silas), Annet Mahendru (Huck), and Aliyah Royale (Iris) as a part of this growing cast. According to Deadline, Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the series while veteran Walking Dead writer/producer Matt Negrete will serve as the series’ showrunner. Follow Nico on Twitter and Instagram and get a richer taste of the new series by watching the first teaser below:
(Featured image for this story comes from the cover his new book “Space Between”).