‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress Elizabeth Rodriguez joins ‘The Walking Dead’ spin-off

'Fear The Walking Dead' is set to premiere on US cable network AMC later this summer

Orange Is The New Black actress Elizabeth Rodriguez has joined the cast of Fear The Walking Dead, the forthcoming The Walking Dead spin-off series.

Rodriguez, who plays kitchen boss Aleida Diaz in the hit Netflix prison drama, will appear in a “mysterious role that sources are keeping quiet about”, Entertainment Weekly reports.

US cable network AMC has already ordered two seasons of its The Walking Dead spin-off series. The first season of Fear The Walking Dead will comprise six episodes and is expected to premiere on AMC towards the end of the summer. The second season, whose length has yet to be determined, will follow in 2016. A teaser for the spin-off series was unveiled in March.

The spin-off series is set in the midst of the same zombie apocalypse as The Walking Dead, but takes place in a different location, Los Angeles. The spin-off has been co-created by Robert Kirkman, whose graphic novel also provided the basis for The Walking Dead. Rodriguez joins a main cast that includes young British actor Frank Dillane, who played Tom Riddle in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, and former Treme star Kim Dickens.

The Walking Dead has been a huge hit for AMC since it debuted in 2010, with its Season Five premiere, shown in October, attracting the highest ever audience for a drama in US cable TV history.