Danai Gurira (“Black Panther”) will depart the AMC zombie drama “The Walking Dead” in its tenth season. Gurira officially joined the series in season three as the iconic katana-wielding Michonne.
Under her new deal, Gurira will return for a handful of episodes interspersed throughout the tenth season. She will then likely segue to the three “Walking Dead” movies that AMC is planning co-starring the show’s ex-leading man Andrew Lincoln who played the central role of Rick Grimes since the pilot and departed earlier this year.
An actress, playwright and social activist, Gurira has been a break out star of the series since she came onboard. A mass exodus of the original cast from the series in the past year or so, including Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Tom Payne as Jesus, has dealt the series a major creative blow as characters like Rick and Michonne remain focal points of the source material on which the AMC series is based.
The two biggest fan favorite characters that remain – Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol) – have signed three-year franchise deals so likely aren’t going anywhere. The three movies, said to be cinematic features made for television, are set to begin production this year and will air on AMC.
Source: The Live Feed