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The Walking Dead” alum Kyla Kenedy has been cast as a series regular in ABC’s comedy pilot “Speechless,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Kenedy joins star Minnie Driver in the potential series, about a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces, but excellent at creating new ones.

The young actress will play Driver’s on-screen daughter, Dylan. The middle child, she is described as preternaturally focused and driven to succeed, but disconnected from her emotions. She is a champion runner with a competitive spirit, and she takes her non-verbal brother JJ’s physical challenges and the nuttiness of her mom (Driver) in stride.

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Previously announced, young actor Mason Cook has been cast as the third child, Ray. Meanwhile, the special-needs character JJ is yet to be cast.

Speechless” hails from “Friends” alum Scott Silveri, who created “Joey” and “Go On.” He will exec produce with Jake Kasdan (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “New Girl”) and Melvin Mar (“Fresh Off the Boat”). Christine Gernon (“New Girl,” “The Real O’Neals”) will direct. 20th Century Fox is the studio.

Kenedy appeared on “The Walking Dead,” playing Mika. Though she appeared in only six episodes, she had a prominent, memorable role in the series.

The “Speechless” gig marks Kenedy’s second consecutive pilot season being cast in a series regular role — last year, she landed a part in Fox’s comedy pilot “48 Hours ‘Til Monday,” opposite Jane Curtin, though the laffer never went to series. Her other credits include “The New Normal,” “CSI” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” She is repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment.

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