Big TWD news coming out of the The Hollywood Reporter. Danai Gurira will be leaving The Walking Dead in season ten. This news comes just before the season nine mid-season premiere on Sunday. AMC and Gurira have not commented on the story.
Gurira joined TWD in season three as the katana master Michonne. THR reports that she signed on in a limited capacity for season 10. The news isn’t quite a shocker. Gurira’s career has skyrocketed ever since the release of Marvel’s Black Panther last year. Gurira also appeared in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War last year. And recently she won a Screen Actors Guild award with the cast of Black Panther for Best Ensemble. Black Panther is up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Fans should expect to see her in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame in April.
AMC is currently developing three made for TV films that will spotlight what happened to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) after his departure. Lincoln left the series after six episodes in season nine, but left the door open for a future appearances. Gurira should appear in at least one of those films, if not all three. Gurira has been in talks with AMC since her contract ended in season nine. Co-star Lauren Cohan also left the show in season nine, but is in talks to return to TWD in season ten or a possible spin-off.
Danai is just too big for the small screen. She has been all over the talk show circuit, promoting Black Panther‘s Oscar nomination and using her status to speak on important women’s issues. She was named a U. N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, spotlighting gender equality and women’s rights.
Gurira is also a playwright, making her Broadway debut in 2009. Gurira’s 2012 play, The Convert earned her the Whiting Award for emerging playwright. She has a second play on Broadway, Eclipse, staring her Black Panther co-star, Lupita Nyong’o heading an all-female and black cast.
AMC’s The Walking Dead returns this Sunday, February 10 for the second half of season nine.