AMC's The Walking Dead has cast Danai Gurira (Treme) as Michonne, the sword-swinging, zombie-slaying heroine who plays a major role in Robert Kirkman's comic series. The character made her debut in the show's season finale, and Kirkman says she'll be a big part of season three.
Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara says the TV version of Michonne won't be exactly the same as she was in the comics.
"We know that she's a loner, we know she kicks ass. But we have some other traits about that her that are not in the comic book that we'll deviate," he said, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Mazzara said Michonne would be sticking around as a major character, presumably to help the group battle the evil Governor (who, it was recently revealed, will be played by David Morrissey).
Kirkman has also published a 6-page comic telling Michonne's origin story in the April issue of Playboy, which came out last Friday. The first two pages are online.
Season 3 of The Walking Dead begins production this spring.