First look at Danai Gurira as sword-wielding Michonne in AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’

Danai Gurira as Michonne in 'The Walking Dead'

Here’s a first look at Danai Gurira as the zombie-killing heroine Michonne from the upcoming season of The Walking Dead. Gurira’s casting was announced shortly after the character appeared on the Season 2 finale a few months ago.

When asked about Gurira’s casting in the role, creator Robert Kirkman told EW, “We looked at a lot of talented people that were really fantastic, but we were waiting for that one spark, that moment where everyone was completely in agreement and completely excited, and we felt like we had found the essence of this fictional character that just randomly appeared in another person, and that person was Danai Gurira. She kind of came in and really just blew us all away. She’s got incredible presence, and she’s got a theater background, and is very physical, and was just perfect for the role.”

The Walking Dead returns for season 3 in October.

(Photo credit: Gene Page/AMC)

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