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iZombie Nabs Once Upon A Time Actress For Lead Role, Plus A New Loyal Friend?

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We’ve been posting about the upcoming Vertigo Comic turned CW TV show, iZombie, periodically but we were really waiting to hear who would lead the cast. Now we know Once Upon A Time’s Rose McIver will have to eat brains. Fake brains, anyway. We hope. 

Last we heard on casting for the pilotAlexandra Krosney, Malcolm Goodwin, and David Anders had been hired to play the lead character’s roommate Peyton, a police detective, and a bad guy respectively.

Now McIver will play Liv, known as Gwen in the Chris Roberson and Mike Allred comic of the same name. She’s the med student-turned-zombie who eats brains to survive only to find out she inherites the dead’s memories and feels compelled to solve their crimes. Besides her time as Tinker Bell on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, McIver has also starred in Masters of Sex, Power Rangers R.P.M., and the old Hercules TV movies. I’ll just leave this here.

Meanwhile, The CW has also picked another actor to play alongside McIver’s Liv – Rahul Kohli. Variety refers to the role as “enthusiastic nerd who befriends the lead character” and while his name hasn’t been released, I’m gonna guess this could be Scott, the were-terrier from the comic.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."