‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Casting Update: Ex-UGA Footballer Chase Vasser Grabs a Role, Creator Robert Kirkman wants Jon Hamm for Negan

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By Tarun Mazumdar | April 16, 2014 2:44 PM EST

Chase Vasser, the former University of Georgia footballer, has bagged a role on "The Walking Dead" Season 5. He tweeted about the same on April 3. New characters on the show mean more excitement. Also, "The Walking Dead" creator expressed his desire to recruit "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm as bad-a** villain Negan.

On April 3, Chase tweeted, "Just got word from my agent that I landed a role for SUITS next season. Also have audition for The Walking Dead! #blessed #killingmyself."

Later he confirmed via Twitter that he is now a part of "The Walking Dead" Season 5 cast.

"It's Official! Tune in on Oct 13th on AMC for The Walking Dead! #cannibaltwist," tweeted Chase.

Chase also admitted that he had never watched a single episode of "The Walking Dead." However, he might be ready to go for a "TWD" marathon soon.

Comicbook.com noted that Chase mentioned October 13 as the date, but it was the season premiere date in 2013. It is possible that Chase wanted to convey that he is in "The Walking Dead" Season 5 premiere episode. AMC has not yet announced the official air dates for Season 5 of "The Walking Dead."

Chase is not the first UGA footballer to land a role on the show. IronE Singleton appeared as T-Dog and Hines Ward played the character of a zombie in "The Walking Dead."

Robert Kirkman Wants to Recruit Jon Hamm as Negan in "The Walking Dead"

In an interview with MTV, comic book writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman confirmed that 99 percent "The Walking Dead" comic book villain Negan is coming and Jon Hamm would be great for that.

"I think Jon Hamm would be perfect," said Robert.

"I think after 'Mad Men' has run, Jon Hamm is going to have a Tom Hanks level film career, so I don't think he'll be coming back to television anytime soon. Although that would be cool!"

In the comic books, Negan is ferocious leader of the group called The Saviours. He calls his weapon Lucille which is a baseball bat covered with barbed wire.

Definitely, Negan can make the Governor look like a side-kick.

"The Walking Dead" Season 5 starts this October on AMC. 

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