Army of the Dead – USA, 2020 – preview

The cast for Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead has officially been confirmed. On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter announced a list of new actors who will be joining the upcoming movie which is being described as “a zombie heist thriller”.

It was reported that the following cast members are confirmed: Hiroyuki Sanada (Avengers: Endgame, Westworld), Omari Hardwick (Power, Kick Ass) Chris D’Elia (You, Undateable) Garret Dillahunt (Fear the Walking Dead, Deadwood), Raúl Castillo (Seven Seconds, Looking), Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle, Origin), Matthias Schweighöfer (You Are Wanted, The Most Beautiful Day), Samantha Win (Arrow, Wonder Woman) and Rich Cetrone (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; 300).

The previously announced cast includes Dave Bautista (Stuber, Guardians of the Galaxy), Ella Purnell (Sweetbitter, Kick-Ass 2), Ana De La Reguera (Cowboys and Aliens, Narcos), Theo Rossi (Luke Cage, Sons of Anarchy), and Huma Qureshi (Viceroy’s House, Gangs of Wasseypur).

A scene from Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Watchmen; Sucker Punch; Dawn of the Dead, 2004) from a screenplay co-written with Joby Harold, Army of the Dead is set during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and see a man who brings together a group of mercenaries to venture into the quarantine zone to pull off “the greatest heist ever attempted”.

The movie is being brought to the screen by Snyder with his partner and wife, Deborah, via their newly rebranded production company, Stone Quarry. Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman are also producing. Filming is expected to begin in July.

Development:

The Netflix-backed movie will mark Snyder’s return to directing after a family tragedy meant that he left Justice League in 2017, with Joss Whedon doing reshoots and finishing post-production. According to industry insiders, Netflix specifically identified the zombie project and sought it out from previous owners Warner Bros., which might set a precedent for the studio selling other projects to the online streaming service.

In an interview in The Hollywood Reporter Snyder previously stated: “I love to honour canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose [like this].”

He added: “I love big action, I love big sequences. My movie brain starts clicking around and I was like, ‘We need to be shooting this now!’ Constructing these sequences really fired me up.”

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