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Exclusive: “WALKING DEAD’s” Scott Wilson joins “OMEN” TV spinoff “DAMIEN”

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Veteran actor Scott Wilson won a whole new cadre of fans with his turn as Hershel on THE WALKING DEAD, and now he’s coming back to TV terror alongside the new incarnation of Damien Thorn.

At New Jersey’s Chiller Theatre convention this past weekend, Wilson gave Fango the scoop that he’s taking part in DAMIEN, Lifetime’s series based on the classic THE OMEN movies, starring Bradley James as a grown-up Damien Thorn facing his destiny as the Antichrist. “I’m fortunate enough to have a guest role on DAMIEN that starts shooting this coming week,” he tells us. “I play a kind of power broker in the White House, in politics and stuff like that, so it’ll be fun. It’s a reunion for me and Glen Mazzara, who’s the showrunner on DAMIEN, as he was on the second and third seasons of THE WALKING DEAD. He called me and told me what he was up to, and said he wrote something for me.”

Wilson is currently slated to do just one episode of DAMIEN; as far as the possibility of continuing the role, “That’s out of my hands, and I don’t worry about things that are out of my hands.” Executive producer Mazzara also scripted the six-episode DAMIEN, with Shekhar Kapur directing the pilot episode “The Beast Rises,” which is scheduled to air later this year; other directors on the show include WALKING DEAD’s Ernest Dickerson and cinematographer-turned-helmer Guillermo Navarro. The series’ cast also includes Barbara Hershey, Omid Abtahi and Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Wilson looks back fondly on his WALKING DEAD days, especially “working with the cast; they were just phenomenal. Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies, my ‘daughters,’ Lauren Cohan and Emily Kinney—I could go on and on. It was a wonderful group to work with.” And he’s been keeping up with the show since departing it last year: “I tend to binge-watch it to catch up with it. I can’t watch it every week because I’m out of town a lot, but I think it’s still terrific.”

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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