Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return to one of his most iconic blockbuster franchises later this summer in Terminator: Genisys, but before that, the 67-year-old action movie legend is taking on a darker, more dramatic role in the independent zombie film Maggie. Directed by Henry Hobson with a screenplay by John Scott, Maggie looks to take the zombie genre in a different, more intimate direction.
That in of itself will be a challenge, but perhaps an even bigger obstacle to overcome is getting noticed amidst a deluge of zombie material on movies and TV, like films such as Warm Bodies, the CW series I, Zombie, and the current most-watched genre show on cable, The Walking Dead. With its teenage girl/older male hero dynamic, the film has also drawn comparisons to the hit Sony video game The Last Of Us (Hobson is actually credited on the game as the title sequence director & designer). Now, ahead of the film’s release, and after positive reception to the film’s first trailer, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have unveiled a sneak peek clip, which you can check out above.
The mood and tone of the clip feels instantly different from anything we’ve seen from Schwarzenegger before. In a grey, dimly lit room in an old house, Arnold appears somber and vulnerable as he tries to reassure his infected daughter, played by Abigail Breslin, that she’s safe now after he spent two weeks searching for her amidst what we can only assume is the beginning of a massive zombie outbreak.
In case you missed it, here’s the film’s official plot synopsis:
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
Despite his promises, Breslin – who is no stranger to the zombie genre, having starred in 2009’s Zombieland alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Woody Harrelson – is concerned that she’ll eventually turn on her parents and try to hurt them, ending the scene with a disquieting warning “you never should have brought me back.”
Maggie could be a crucial film for Arnold Schwarzenegger at this stage of his career. After disappointing retuns at the domestic box office on his last two films, Sabotage and Expendables 3, the former Governator could use a critical and financial hit to help build momentum heading into Terminator: Genisys.
Paramount Pictures has a lot riding on the fifth entry into the sci-fi/action saga (which also stars Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, and Game Of Thrones‘ Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke). If Arnold can garner some credibility and acclaim from the press with a powerful dramatic performance, it could go a long way to restoring much-needed buzz to the latest Terminator entry, which must compete in a jam-packed summer loaded with heavy sci-fi hitters like The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World, and The Fantastic Four.
Maggie opens in limited release on May 8, 2015