Zack Snyder’s upcoming post-apocalyptic zombie heist movie Army of the Dead is all set to premiere this summer. The director, who is seeing a very successful year, started it off with the release of his long-awaited cut of the Justice League, which garnered a lot of praise.
Now, Snyder fans have another major project to look forward to, Army of the Dead. Last week, Netflix dropped the first official trailer for the movie, which is nothing short of riveting, gory action.
It establishes the film’s basic premise, focusing on a group of ex-mercenaries plotting a heist on a zombie-infested casino in Las Vegas. Snyder, who made his debut with a remake of the 1978 horror film Dawn of the Dead, is making a full circle comeback to the zombie genre.
However, unlike the mindless walking corpses in the 2004 movie, Army of the Dead teases a new breed of zombies. One of the team members notes: “They’re smarter. They’re faster. They’re organized.”
The new conceptualization in the upcoming film introduces a hierarchy of the zombies, which starts with Zeus, the leader, and alpha of the group. When Zeus bites someone, they become as powerful as him, but when a different alpha bites someone, they become a “shambler” or a regular follower zombie.
Other than the alphas are the zombie brides who seem to be equally powerful as the former, and then there’s the trailer’s highlight: the zombie tiger. With their enhanced reflexes and pack mentality, they pose a great threat to the heist team.
According to Snyder, the movie’s opening scene will explain the origins of the zombies and is expected to be the heart of the story. Furthermore, the movie has already been expanded into a franchise with a prequel movie and an anime-style TV series to follow later.
|Scott Ward||Dave Bautista||Guardians of the Galaxy, My Spy|
|Kate Ward||Ella Purnell||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Sweetbitter|
|Vanderohe||Omari Hardwick||Power, Nobody’s Fool|
|Cruz||Ana de la Reguera||Narcos, Goliath|
|Ludwig Dieter||Matthias Schweighofer||100 Things, What A Man|
|Burt Cummings||Theo Rossi||Sons of Anarchy, Marvel’s Luke Cage|
|Lily “The Coyote”||Nora Arnezeder||Angelique, Zoo|
|Bly Tanaka||Hiroyuki Sanada||47 Ronin, Mortal Kombat|
|Marianne Peters||Tig Notaro||One Mississippi, Instant Family|
|Mikey Guzman||Raul Castillo||Looking, Atypical|
|Geeta||Huma Qureshi||Badlapur, Jolly LLB 2|
|Martin||Garret Dillahunt||Burn Notice, Raising Hope|
|Chambers||Samantha Win||Justice League, Mortal Kombat: Legacy|
Actor and stand-up comedian Chris D’Elia was also cast but was cut out from the film due to the rising sexual misconduct allegations against him. He was replaced by Tig Notaro.
Army of the Dead will make its debut on Netflix and in select theatres on May 21, 2021.
About Army of the Dead
Army of the Dead is a 2021 American zombie heist action thriller film directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay he co-wrote with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold.
The film stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Samantha Win, Huma Qureshi and Garret Dillahunt.
After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever. the outbreak of zombies begins in Area 51, the highly secretive government facility in Nevada where a zombie virus has been engineered and then spread, resulting in the creation of a multitude of undead creatures.