Is Lauren Cohan ready to walk away from “The Walking Dead”?
That’s the question floating around Hollywood after a Deadline report indicating the actress — who plays Maggie on the zombie apocalypse hit — has been fielding multiple pilot offers after a request for pay equity with her male co-stars was rejected by the network.
According to Deadline, the 36-year-old actress is being “heavily pursued,” with as many as six offers on the table.
In fact, the star has joined the pilot for “Whiskey Cavalier” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While this may come as a shock to fans of “The Walking Dead”, Deadline reports that Cohan’s contract is up at the end of the current eighth season, and a deal has yet been put in place to bring her back for season nine.
“There had been rumblings that Cohan had sought parity with her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who are paid significantly more than all of their female colleagues,” notes Deadline, adding that AMC instead offered a modest salary boost in exchange for a long-term contract. Cohan reportedly rejected the offer, which Deadline points out is “standard practice in talent re-negotiations.”
The situation as it stands, however, is described as “murky,” with Deadline indicating AMC has yet to follow up with another offer “and there have been no further talks.” As a result, Cohan is now contractually free to entertain other offers, and her apparent availability has reportedly led to “a feeding frenzy” of pilot offers from various networks.
“According to other sources close to the situation, there are active talks with Cohan,” adds Deadline, “who has not indicated that she would not be coming back for season nine.”
The new series, “Whiskey Cavalier” will follow Will Chase (“Scandal’s” Scott Foley), an FBI agent with the code name “Whiskey Cavalier” and his partner CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (Cohan).
As of yet, Cohan has made no firm decision on whether she will return for “TWD’s” ninth season.