The Walking Dead Casts Iconic Comic Book Villain

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The Walking Dead has found an actor to come on board in the iconic role of Negan.

And it's a face with which television fans are very familiar.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Jason Crause

Jeffrey Dean Morgan - who rose to small screen prominence as Denny Duquette on Grey's Anatomy and also as John Winchester on Supernaturual - has been cast as the villainous character made famous in the Robert Kirkman comic book series.

He will guest star on The Walking Dead Season 6 finale and then be upgraded to series regular status on The Walking Dead Season 7, which has already been ordered by AMC.

According to the comics on which this smash hit is based, Negan is the leader of the Saviors, a ruthless group of survivors.

He actually kills Glenn with his barbed wire-covered baseball bat (named Lucille), which is an interesting note because viewers are currently wondering whether Glenn is already dead, following his fall into a pit of Walkers two weeks ago.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Matt Dillon and Timothy Olyphant were also under consideration for the role.

Morgan, meanwhile, is currently stealing every single scene on The Good Wife Season 7.

He's been sizzling up that CBS drama as private investigator Jason Crause, though this AMC booking means he's unlikely to return for Season 8.

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