Netflix confirmed the extended cast of Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie thriller “Army of the Dead” on Tuesday. The platform had already confirmed Dave Bautista, and the cast now includes Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Sweetbitter), Ana De La Reguera (Everything, Everything, Goliath), Theo Rossi (Luke Cage, Sons of Anarchy) and Huma Qureshi (Kaala, Viceroy’s House, Gangs of Wasseypur, Badlapur).
Zack Snyder is directing the movie, which is based on a story that he wrote. Snyder also worked on the screenplay, along with Joby Harold and Shay Hatten.
The logline of the movie states, “Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.”
“Army of the Dead” marks Snyder’s return to the zombie genre, previously making his directorial debut with “Dawn of the Dead” for Universal Pictures. That zombie film featured Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell, and Mekhi Phifer. The film, written by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, opened at number-one in 2004 with a $26M domestic debut. The thriller went on to make over $102M for the studio, and Snyder went on to make “300” with Gerard Butler and Lena Headey in 2006.
Dave Bautista is expected to take on the role of Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban in the new “Dune” adaptation from director Denis Villeneuve. Based on the hit sci-fi novel from Frank Herbert, the movie also features Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, and Javier Bardem. Fans will have to wait until 2020 to see the new adaptation.
Netflix stopped short of confirming a premiere date at this time for “Army of the Dead,” but the movie will start principal photography in July.
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