Word came out this week that The Walking Dead pilot will begin filming May 15th in Atlanta, GA. Bloody Disgusting brings us the news, which you can read right here. Those familiar with the comic will know it takes place in and around Atlanta, making it an obvious place to shoot the live action TV version.

Also this week, Bigshinyrobot.com brings us some casting rumors that they seem to be fairly confident about. According to the site the top three contenders for the title role of Rick Grimes are:

Jamie Bamber, who you’ll probably recognize from Battlestar Galactica in role of Lee “Apollo” Adama;

Mark Pellegrino, aka Jacob from LOST; and

Stuart Townsend, who I haven’t seen in anything.

We’ll be recording a new episode of The Talking Dead tomorrow, so please tune in for our thoughts on these rumors.