The first trailer for The Walking Dead movie starring Rick Grimes has been released. The first of three films starring Rick was announced late last year, right when Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln's final episode on the show aired.
Many fans are still shocked that Rick is no longer part of the main show. After all, just as with the comic, the character was seen by fans as the driving force behind the show. In the very first episode, Rick awakened in a hospital bed, and began to realize that the world had changed. Throughout nine seasons, viewers saw Rick quickly become the leader of a community, doing his best to protect others, and retain a sense of hope. In season 8, the prolonged conflict with Negan commenced. Rick eventually won, and ushered in a new era of peace. In season nine, Rick was seemingly killed after blowing up a bridge full of zombies. However, it was shown that a helicopter had picked him up, and was flying to an unknown destination. This is where the movie comes in.
During The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con, AMC released a teaser for the untitled The Walking Dead movie starring Rick Grimes. Due to its early debut, the only thing that was shown was the helicopter arriving in some sort of metropolis. Viewers can check out the teaser below.
The biggest reveal is that the movie will actually play in theaters. It's not known if it will be a wide or limited release, nor have any major story details been unveiled yet. The Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple told Entertainment Weekly back in November that the films are "centered around Rick Grimes." He added that AMC is "going to tell the story of what happens after that helicopter flight, and these are going to be big, epic entertainments." Otherwise, not much is known outside that comment. Jadis/Anne is likely to return, since it's her group that rescued Rick. Beyond that, fans will have to wait and see. A release date has not been confirmed.
Despite the comic book recently ending, The Walking Dead franchise is stronger than ever. The main show's 10th season is premiering in October, and it looks to be packed with fan-pleasing content. Fear the Walking Dead was renewed for a sixth season, and a new Walking Dead spin-off is in the works. It is certainly a good time to be a fan.