Actress Kim Dickens has been cast in the lead female role in The Walking Dead spinoff. .

The Gone Girl star will join Colombiana's Cliff Curtis in the new show, which will serve as a companion series to the highly-popular zombie apocalypse Tv series.

The untitled drama will take place in Los Angeles, where DICkens will play a guidance counsellor mum-of-two with a troubled past, according to Deadline.com.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince's Frank Dillane and Into the Storm's Alycia Debnam Carey will play the children of DICkens' character.