Dave Bautista is taking some time off from guarding the galaxy and starring in Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” for Netflix. Multiple outlets have now reported Bautista’s involvement in the film, which doesn’t have a premiere date at this time.
Zack Snyder is directing “Army of the Dead” for the video streaming service, working from a script that he co-wrote with Shay Hatten. The movie isn’t Snyder’s first film in the zombie genre; his living-dead credentials go back as far as 2004. At that time, Snyder directed a remake of George A. Romero’s horror-thriller “Dawn of the Dead” with Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell, and Mekhi Phifer. One interesting connection is that James Gunn wrote the screenplay for Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” adaptation, and Gunn is the writer and director for Bautista’s “Guardian of the Galaxy” series at Marvel. In the zombie genre, everyone knows everyone else.
“Army of the Dead” is a zombie heist movie that takes place during a zombie pandemic in Las Vegas. In the story, a crew of mercenaries breaks into the quarantined zone to rob the place. Zack and Deborah Snyder producing the project.
Bautista spent the week at CinemaCon doing press for his upcoming family film “My Spy,” where he stars as a CIA operative that has to work with a nine-year-old girl to save her family. Peter Segal directed that movie, which also stars Kristen Schaal, Ken Jeong, and Sima Fisher. Bautista is featured in “Avengers: Endgame,” reprising his role as Dax in that film, which is scheduled to release in April. Fans of the actor should also keep “Dune” on their radar.
As for “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” Drax is expected to return for the third installment. Disney rehired James Gunn to write and direct the third film, which is scheduled to release in 2022.
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