“Fear the Walking Dead’s” diverse cast, featuring actors of various races and genders, was no accident. According to Colman Domingo, who plays Victor Strand, inclusion was a key factor in the casting process for the “Walking Dead” spinoff.
“‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ since its inception, has been a very inclusive show,” Domingo said at Variety‘s San Diego Comic-Con Studio Thursday. “They were very conscious from the very beginning that it was a cast from around the world, and hopefully that’s ignited something within the industry as well to see that in our show.”
Set in the “Walking Dead” universe, AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” follows the parallel plights of two families struggling to survive a zombie-infested apocalyptic landscape. The fourth season of the show returns Aug. 12 and will introduce multiple new personalities, including a character who is deaf, played by an actor who is deaf. But in addition to inclusivity onscreen, Domingo also touted the importance of diversity behind the scenes to ensure presence for women and minorities in the long term.
“Hopefully it’s not a trend of inclusion because sometimes it feels like we take a few steps forward, and then we take a few steps back,” Domingo said. “But hopefully it’s something that just makes sense. We have more inclusion as producers, as showrunners, as directors, as writers. All of us on the stage, we do many things as well, and that’s how we can make a difference.”
The cast also discussed other projects they believe have made strides for inclusion. Alycia Debnam-Carey and Danay Garcia expressed their newfound obsession with “The Handmaid’s Tale,” while Lennie James declared he’ll be at the “front of the line” to see Steve McQueen’s upcoming film “Widows,” starring Viola Davis. Garcia also threw in a “Wakanda Forever” for Marvel’s “Black Panther.”