In a move that will reverse the gender of one of the key characters from what it was in the source comics, AMC’s thriving zombie show “The Walking Dead” is bringing aboard a veteran TV actress.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that “Law & Order” alumna Tovah Feldshuh will play Deanna, leader of Alexandria.
“The role was originally written as a man, Douglas, in Robert Kirkman’s long-running comic series on which the AMC zombie drama is based,” THR reports. “Under showrunner Scott M. Gimple — himself a diehard fan of the source material — the series put a major spin on the character Sunday with the introduction of Deanna Monroe, played by two-time Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh.”
Feldshuh, 62, received her first Emmy nomination way back in 1978, for “Holocaust.” In 2003 she was nominated for an appearance on NBC’s “Law & Order.” She had a recurring role on the show from 1991 to 2007, playing Danielle Melnick.
THR offers this description of Feldshuh’s “Walking Dead” character: “Deanna is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and takes a fair approach to running her community — and immediately has designs for Rick and company. She’s aware that her community — which has been behind walls since the outbreak and hasn’t experienced the horrors of the new world — is susceptible to outside threats and looks to Rick as the muscle, appointing him (and Michonne) as high-ranking constables.”