Sarah Wayne Callies

Sarah Wayne Callies has scored the female lead in AMC's new drama The Walking Dead, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The 32-year-old actress will play the wife of Rick (Andrew Lincoln), a police officer who leads a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse. Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) serves as the project's  writer, director and executive producer.

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Callies most recently guest-starred on House following her four-year stint on Prison Break.

The Walking Dead begins production in June and will premiere this October.