Danai Gurira Is Latest Big Name That Will Exit ‘The Walking Dead’

AMC announced the Season 10 renewal for the series based on Robert Kirkman's comics on Monday. The latest TWD news, which THR had first today, comes ahead of the return of the show's Season 9 on Sunday.
Her exit is the third major one among the main cast of the zombie apocalypse drama series, after Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan. AMC declined comment on Gurira's exit, but Gurira's deal seems similar in nature to what the producers are trying to work out with Cohan, who might also return for occasional episodes going forward.
Gimple going into production as early as this year.” /> There are now several offshoots of the franchise already in play, including the current Fear the Walking Dead series as well as potential multiple stand-alone films starring Lincoln as Grimes and written by Scott M. Lincoln, who played Rick Grimes, and Cohan, who played Maggie, both exited during the current Season 9 of the series, at one time TV's most-watched show and still a big hit for AMC.
Danai Gurira, who plays the tougher-than-zombies Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead, will exit the series for good after Season 10.
Sources confirm that Gurira, also a playwright and one of the stars of Disney/Marvel's Best Picture Oscar nominee Black Panther, has signed a deal in which she will appear in only a handful of episodes for TWD's next season.

Ryan Coogler Returning To Direct ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

The film, which opened February 16, was a cultural phenomenon and set box office records by earning $242.1M over President’s Day weekend, including a Friday–Sunday gross of $202M, followed by one of the biggest second weekends in history with $111.7M (ranking as the third-biggest second frame ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Infinity War).
Coogler has largely kept out of the spotlight since the film's release. However, news recently broke that he would serve as an executive producer on the upcoming Space Jam sequel starring Lebron James. He also holds an EP credit on Creed 2, which Warner Bros' will release in November.” />
Its global cume ranks as the second-biggest film so far this year, trailing only Avengers: Infinity War. A Black Panther 2 release date has yet to be announced.
Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Latitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, and Sterling K. Brown The success made a follow-up movie a given; Marvel usually signs its key cast to deals involving multiple movies because of the scope of its cinematic universe. Chadwick Boseman starred in the first pic along with Michael B.
Ryan Coogler will return to pen and direct the sequel to Black Panther, the Disney/Marvel blockbuster which has grossed $1.35 billion at the box office.

‘Walking Dead’ Reveals Season 9 Debut Date & Trailer Of Fractured Survivors – Comic-Con

Chang wrote the Season 9 opener with Nicotero directing, as he has in past seasons.” />
Even though AMC's zombie-apocalypse blockbuster has a new showrunner and leads Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan are stepping back from the series, TWD followed its usual SDCC pattern of announcing its latest premiere date and dropping new trailer for the thousands in the San Diego Convention Center’s largest room. Watch the trailer above.
Opening with a time jump to an aged and grizzled Rick Grimes (Lincoln) saying directly to camera "it's been a long time since we've had one of these talks," the nearly six-minute sneak peek finds villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) behind bars and cohesion breaking down among the core survivors in a world feeling a lot more 16th century than 21st century.
The quintet was onstage right beforehand for the Fear the Walking Dead panel, where Gimple teased more potential crossovers between the original show and the spin-off. Gimple also was back with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and fellow EP Greg Nicotero. Moderated by interim Talking Dead host Yvette Nicole Brown, who took over for Chris Hardwick after sexual assault allegations were made against The Wall frontman, today’s panel featured showrunner Angela Chang, Lincoln and Cohan, who co-stars on ABC's fall drama Whiskey Cavalier. Former showrunner and now Chief Content Officer Scott M. Morgan, Norman Reedus and Danai Gurira also were onstage as in past years.
The Walking Dead returned to Comic-Con’s Hall H today and will be coming back to the small screen for its ninth season on October 7, it was announced Friday — and fans got a look at what's going to go down.

Andrew Lincoln Confirms He’s Leaving ‘Walking Dead’ – Comic-Con

Lincoln's statements came soon after the more than six thousand fans packed into Hall H learned the debut date for Season 9 and saw an action filled trailer for the upcoming episodes.
The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season of October 7.” />
The sometimes close to tears Lincoln added that the long running TWD still a lot of runway to go because “no one is bigger than the story.” Rick Grimes is far from over,” Lincoln added telling the fans who “amazing” the role has been for him professional and personally. “My relationship with Mr. Turning to thank many of his cast mates and the EPs on-stage with him, the Love Actually alum made a point of saying he was departing to spend more time with his family back in the UK and taking some time off.
“I don’t want this to become an Oscar acceptance speech or a obituary,” a clearly emotional Lincoln said to the packed and eerily quiet Hall H as he addressed “the elephant in the room” of his departure – which Deadline first reported back in May and creator Robert Kirkman all but confirmed yesterday at SDCC.
Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who play villain Negan on the show. The latter directed the Season 9 opener that Kang penned. Moderated by interim Talking Dead host Yvette Nicole Brown today’s panel featured Lincoln, Kirkman, new showrunner Angela Chang, Whiskey Cavalier co-star Lauren Cohan. Former showrunner and now Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple was also on-stage again with fellow EPs Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and fellow EP Greg Nicotero.
:It means everything to me. "I love this show," he declared. “This will be my last season playing the role of Rick Grimes,” Andrew Lincoln told Comic-Con today on The Walking Dead panel. I’m particularly fond of the people who watch this show.” I love the people who make this show.