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Tom Payne responds to rumors of Walking Dead Jesus spinoff

Published: 26/Aug/2020 14:35 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:01

by David Purcell

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The Walking Dead spinoff wish list has a number of key characters on it and Jesus is right up there, but what does the actor who played him think about it? Tom Payne has responded to the rumors, with mixed answers. 

There weren’t many figures in the series quite as unique, possibly even as mysterious, as Jesus. A good guy at heart and a born fighter, the former ambassador of the Hilltop settlement lasted until Season 9, Episode 11. Until that point fans thought he was safe, but The Whisperers took him out by surprise.

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Dressing up with their dead skin masks and pretending to be zombies, the show’s most dangerous cult group took out Payne’s character for good.

With so many characters being linked to spinoffs following the announcement of Rick Grimes getting a movie, Jesus is very much among them.

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Walking Dead Jesus spinoff coming out?

Jesus in TWD
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Jesus made a great entrance in The Walking Dead when he arrived in Season 6.

During an interview with British newspaper The Express, the star opened up on the bad timing of his character being killed off. He said: “I don’t know. I would, I think like a Jesus’ origin story would be cool, man. But I had to grow the hair and yeah, I loved it.

“By the time I had gotten to a position where I had grown my hair and it was my hair and my beard exactly how I wanted the character to look, then they killed me!”

Payne: “I wouldn’t want to fake it again”

Long hair, but not in the show any longer. He switched fake hair to the real deal to play his character, and admitted he couldn’t see himself filming with a wig in the future – if a spinoff materialized.

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However, he did reveal one way he would come back as Jesus. It’s an interesting idea, but probably not something that’s on the table by the same token.

“So, I don’t think… I wouldn’t like to do it again if I had to wear fake extensions and a fake beard again. I could grow the beard, but that hair took three years by the time I left, so yeah, I wouldn’t want to fake it again.”

Tom added: “Maybe Jesus started the apocalypse without the long hair? I mean, that would be fun!”

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In previous interviews, Payne has opened up about being “unhappy” or “bored” with his character on The Walking Dead. Fans never really got to see a lot of him in that role and perhaps with a new show or movie centered around him, more could be done with the mysterious operator.

It seems like hair really is a big stumbling block on this one, though, and hopefully you read that in jest. Based on these comments, he seems open to a return if a spinoff is planned out, although there will be no wigs where he’s concerned. Authentic only.

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Katee Sackhoff is getting her own Star Wars spinoff with Gina Carano

Published: 15/Oct/2020 6:21 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 7:36

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bo-Katan Kryze is reportedly set to team up with Gina Carano’s Cara Dune in a new Star Wars spinoff, after Katee Sackhoff makes her live-action debut as the Clone Wars hero in the second season of The Mandalorian next month.

According to Kessel Run Transmissions, who have tipped a number of Star Wars reports in the last few months, Sackhoff has already penned a deal to appear alongside former MMA star Gina Carano in another planned Disney+ spinoff series.

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The limited-series run will focus on Bo-Katan ⁠— last seen in Rebels back in 2017 ⁠— and Cara Dune, who has appeared in several The Mandalorian episodes. The “team-up series” is set to take place after Mando’s sophomore season.

Katee Sackhoff is slated to make her live-action debut as Bo-Katan in the Disney Plus series’ second season next month. The Battlestar Galactica star voiced the Mandalorian heroine in eight episodes of The Clone Wars between 2012 and 2020.

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She also briefly appeared in Rebels Season 4 premiere “Heroes of Mandalore.”

Bo-Katan was one of the main Mandalorian heroes in The Clone Wars series.
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Bo-Katan was one of the main Mandalorian heroes in The Clone Wars series.

While KRT’s sources may not be clear, more hard evidence has since emerged that the report is on the money; soon after the news first broke, Sackhoff herself liked a tweet from The Star Wars Underground detailing the rumors.

It’s not official confirmation, of course, but it’s pretty darn close.

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The title pairing for the new spinoff ⁠— Death Watch commander Bo-Katan Kryze and Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune ⁠— is certainly not one Dexerto would have tipped.

Neither character would have much crossover in their backstories, unless they are both tied to the Purge of Mandalore, orchestrated by Moff Gideon. More likely, however, the two heroes will simply link up in The Mandalorian Season 2.

From there, it’s anyone’s guess. The “team-up” could come from something that happens in the upcoming season of the flagship Disney Plus show. It could simply be one is a lead hero and the other is a secondary character in the narrative.

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Cara Dune was a big part of the first season of The Mandalorian.
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Cara Dune was a big part of the first season of The Mandalorian.

These reports come after Star Wars Unity reported the Cara Dune spinoff would have a second character at the lead. This was due to the fact Gina Carano and “one of the new cast members really hit off” during filming, and asked to star together.

Star Wars insider ManaByte actually suggested the new cast member was Sackhoff, playing Bo-Katan Kryze, at the time. Now that appears to have been confirmed.

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It's not clear how Bo-Katan and Cara Dune will "team-up" in their new spinoff series.
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It’s not clear how Bo-Katan and Cara Dune will “team-up” in their new spinoff series.

⁠Until a Disney announcement drops, however, keep a pinch of salt handy.

There’s been a host of Star Wars spinoff rumors in the past few months ⁠— Mace Windu, Thrawn, Boba Fett, Ben Solo, and Lando Calrissian series have all allegedly been given the green light ⁠— and it’s not likely all of them will get off the ground.

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