'The Walking Dead' season 4 to add another 'Wire' alum to the cast?

After a third season positively teeming with new faces, it looks like The Walking Dead is looking to add even more characters for its fourth season. They're starting with the character of Roy Stark, a "haunted" former army medic with a dark past even before the apocalypse.

According to the internet rumor mill (namely, the International Digital Times), an actor is already in negotiations for the role: The Wire's Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Gilliard, who played D'Angelo Barksdale in the first two seasons of HBO's phenomenal crime drama The Wire, would join fellow 'Wire' alum Chad Coleman, who started playing Tyreese halfway through The Walking Dead's third season.

Gilliard's television appearances since his final appearance on The Wire in 2003 have been sporadic -- he appeared in episodes of The Beast, Lie to Me, Detroit 1-8-7, and Friday Night Lights, nabbing recurring roles on Southland and Army Wives.

If The Walking Dead does end up adding Gilliard to its main cast, it'll be a smart move (have you seen The Wire? The guy can act!). It'll also be a sure sign that the series is finally over that weird race thing that it had for much of last season.

Coleman, along with Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney, have been promoted to the show's main cast for the fourth season.

The Walking Dead season 4 will premiere in October.

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Written by: mcpherson
Apr 23rd, 2013, 9:33 am

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Message Posted On Apr 23rd, 2013, 10:26 am

Not a bad move. There was definitely a lot of good actors in the making of The Wire! :)

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