Steven Yeun
The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun has been cast in the lead role in sci-fi action movie MayhemFrazer Harrison/Getty Images

Further escalating everyone's worry that he might well soon be exiting The Walking Dead, Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn in the hugely-popular zombie drama series, has signed on for his next project following season six. This time, however, he'll appear on the big screen, in the lead role of upcoming action movie Mayhem.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the 32 year old will be joined on-screen by Home And Away actress Samara Weaving but no other cast members have been confirmed yet. Screenwriter Matias Caruso, best known for his shorts that include Numbers and Side Effects, penned the script, while Jon Lynch (Knights Of Badassdom, Everly) is on board to direct.

Samara Weaving
Home And Away actress Samara Weaving will also star in the thrillerFrederick M Brown/Getty Images

The plot will centre around a virus that infects a corporate law office on the day attorney Derek Saunders (Yeun) is framed by a co-worker and wrongfully fired. The infection is capable of making people act out their wildest impulses. Trapped in the quarantined building, Derek is forced to savagely fight, not only for his job, but for his life as well.

Circle of Confusion, the production banner behind AMC's hit show The Walking Dead, will produce alongside Confusion partner Lawrence Mattis and head of production Matt Smith. Royal Viking Entertainment's Sean Sorensen, Avva Pictures principal Mehrdad Elie are also producing; with Avva's president of production, Parisa Caviani, acting as executive producer. The film is scheduled to start shooting later this month in Belgrade, Serbia.

Speaking of the project, Lynch shared his excitement, saying to THR: "It's not every day you get to throw action, sci-fi, horror, drama and even satire in the genre blender and hit puree, but Matias's script, combined with a gung-ho cast and crew — especially Steven and Samara — will make for a deliciously dangerous and exciting cinematic smoothie ... with a hell of a kick."

The film will undoubtedly mark a major career move for Yeun, who since breaking out on TWD, has largely stuck to making a few handful appearances on the small screen and doing some voicework, the one exception being 2014's sci-fi romance I Origins alongside Michael Pitt and Brit Marling.

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