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Jesus is risen! Tom Payne booked his first role after Paul "Jesus" Rovia was killed off The Walking Dead, and Fox just made it official. Progidal Son, co-starring Michael Sheen, was one of four drama pilots Fox just ordered to series for the 2019-2020 season. (Meanwhile, my beloved The Passage was cancelled.)
Apparently the chemistry works with British actor Tom Payne, 36, as Malcolm Bright, and Welsh actor Michael Sheen, 50, as his killer father. According to Deadline, the duo drew praise for their acting, especially for Sheen in the showcase role of a notorious serial killer.
Fox shared a logo for Prodigal Son, focusing squarely on Tom Payne's titular son Malcolm Bright:
Fox also shared a photo of the father and son duo of Tom Payne's Malcolm Bright and Michael Sheen's Dr. Martin Whitly.
Red is the signature color of Prodigal Son, it seems.
The one-hour drama also stars Scandal alum Bellamy Young as Jessica Whitly, with Lou Diamond Phillips as a character named Gil Arroyo, plus The Orville's Halston Sage as Ainsley Whitly, Aurora Perrineau as Dani Powell, Frank Harts as JT Tarmel, and Keiko Agena as Edrisa Tanaka.
Here's the logline for Prodigal Son, per Fox:
It sounds like an exciting new role for Tom Payne, who is still best known to fans around the world from his two dozen episodes as Jesus on The Walking Dead from 2016 to 2019. Payne wasn't sorry to be written off the show during Season 9, as he explained to CinemaBlend:
Tom Payne was just happy to see Jesus get a good exit in the Season 9 midseason finale. As for when we'll see Payne back on TV screens, we'll have to wait and see. Fox has yet to announce its 2019-2020 premiere dates, but pencil Prodigal Son in for a fall 2019 debut. Keep up with all of the 2019 renewals and cancellations with our handy guide.