Walking Dead actors Theodus Crane and Virginia Newcomb will star in a new crime thriller, Don’t Die. Benjamin Stark directed the film, which premiered at the 25th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, in August 2023 at the BJCC Theatre, where it won the Audience Award for Best Alabama Film.
Don’t Die is written by Jeremy Burgess and Stark and tells of Jenks (Crane), who, in a desperate attempt to obtain life-saving medicine, robs a pharmacy but, in the process, injures a mysterious woman who he discovers is involved in a black market pharmacy scheme. While trying to save her life, he jeopardizes his own and finds himself in a fascinating situation. Burgess and Stark have described the film as a “pulpy southern crime thriller.”
In addition to Crane as Jenks, the film stars Newcomb as Julia, with Joshua Burge, Frank Mosley, Leilani Smith, Carl Palmer, Cindy L. Jefferson, and Julie Haught.
Watch the Don’t Die 2023 Film Festival fifteen-second teaser below
Check out the podcasts below to learn more about Don’t Die the movie.
SideTalks – The Official Sidewalk Podcast featuring director Benjamnin Stark. Click here to listen.
Writer Jeremy Burgess was a guest on Billy Ray Brewton’s Movie Mix Tapes podcast, where they break down Don’t Die and other films. Click here to listen.
Don’t Die will also be featured at The Montgomery Film Festival on November 18.
Other projects starring Theodus Crane
Crane is well known within The Walking Dead fandom for his portrayal of Big Tiny in season 3 of the series. He was part of the group of prisoners discovered at West Georgia Correctional Facility by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group.
Don’t miss Crane in the new horror film Five Nights at Freddy’s.
He is also known for his roles in Law & Order, Bury Me Twice, Black as Night, and Palmer. And has starred in Your Honor, Blood Brother, Underground, The Starving Games, and more.
Other projects starring Virginia Newcomb
Newcomb starred in one episode of season 10 of The Walking Dead as Amelia, mother of Milo (Roman Spink). The pair was discovered by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Brandon (Blaine Kern III) as walkers were attacking them on a bus. Negan offers them shelter in a safe community, but Brandon kills them, believing Negan was testing him.
She is well known for her acclaimed performance in A24’s comedy crime drama, The Death of Dick Long (2019), and also stars in The Beta Test, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, From Scratch, Bite Size Halloween and more.