Nicholas Hoult Is A Zombie In Love In ‘Warm Bodies’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:20 pm,

Life just keeps getter better (or busier) for Nicholas Hoult, who will grace the silver screen this summer as a young Beast in X-Men: First Class. He’s also now been cast to star in Summit Entertainment’s latest supernatural romance literary adaptation (there’s a mouthful), titled Warm Bodies.

Last month, Hoult landed the lead role in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer, which is about to begin production overseas in London. Once he’s finished on that “re-fashioned” fairy tale pic, Hoult will go to work on Warm Bodies under the direction of Jonathan Levine (The Wackness).

Variety says that Warm Bodies was originally written and self-published online by Isaac Marion before it was picked up by Atria Books and became a bestseller in its own right. The plot essentially boils down to Romeo and Juliet, set against the backdrop of the zombpocalypse, and involving an unexpected romance between a self-loathing zombie (Hoult) and the girlfriend of one of his victims. Talk about awkward…

Levine penned the script for Warm Bodies as well, and his dramedy 50/50 with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrives in theaters this September. The filmmaker gave his own spin on the basic coming of age story formula with The Wackness, which also revolved around an ungainly young man who starts an awkward romance – albeit, with his therapist’s stepdaughter. At least that scenario never required the, er, inevitable “I’m sorry that I ate your boyfriend” conversation to happen.

Nicholas Hoult plays a zombie in Warm Bodies Nicholas Hoult Is A Zombie In Love In Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies is actually a very sincere love story that involves two people whose affection for one another is complicated by factors that cannot be controlled – namely, that one of them is undead and predisposed to eating the flesh of the living. Marion’s original novel is generally well-regarded by professional writers and casual readers alike. If you check out the book’s Amazon page, you’ll even find a quote from Simon Pegg, calling it “a mesmerizing evolution of a classic contemporary myth” – and hey, if it’s good enough for Shaun of the Dead himself, it’s good enough for everyone else, right? Moving on…

This could certainly be one of the more unusual upcoming flicks that involves zombies, as it isn’t meant to be either a darkly comical bloody romp (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), or a mixing of sci-fi and horror genre elements, a la Zombies Vs. Robots. There’s also the seemingly stuck-in-development-limbo adaptation of Breathers, but that’s more of a satire than straight romance.

If anything, Warm Bodies sounds like a twist on The Time Traveler’s Wife – here, with the male lead being a monster, and not just a fellow prone to sporadically violating the time-space continuum. That Time Traveler’s Wife author Audrey Niffenegger is also on the record as loving Warm Bodies only seems to lend further support to that idea.

Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana in The Time Travelers Wife Nicholas Hoult Is A Zombie In Love In Warm Bodies

Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana in ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.

With a charismatic up-and-comer like Hoult in the lead and some decent source material behind it, Warm Bodies could be one tale of “supernatural (boy) creature meets girl” that’s actually pretty good. Keep an eye out for the female lead to be cast relatively soon as well, since production is slated to begin this summer.

Source: Variety

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  1. Romeo and Juliet meets zombies? I would rather be torn apart by a zombie.

  2. yay,another zombie movie(insert sarcasm here).

  3. everyone just jumps on the bandwagon. When Twiight became a hit a dozen vampire books by different authors came out and the movies followed suit. The same thing with zombies. Everyone is making zombies.
    Firstly you lift one of the most retold stories ever that is Romeo and Juliet and infuse zombies inside. Just superb. I just hope they make good stuff and not an awesome trailer that is going to be exciting and have the promise of a great premise.
    We are an intelligent race.

  4. OK so I posted the comment after just reading the title.
    The source seems good and I’m gonna check it out. Plus it has great reviews and reviews is all we love right? considering we all log into Screenrant like 10 times a day.
    Plus Audrey Niffenegger’s word is as good as gold.

    • Heh, well, the idea of Romeo & Juliet + zombies definitely sounds… less than promising at first, so you’re forgiven. 8-)

  5. Hatres gonna hate. I’ve had a signed/first self-published copy of Warm Bodies on my shelf for years because Issac is a friend of mine. First, it’s a misstatement to call it “Romeo & Juliet” with zombies. That sounds awefull. And it just isn’t what the book is about. It’s a smart concept cleverly executed. We’ll see how the studio markets it though. Second, it takes a long time to write a book and publish it and get it picked up, developed and green lit for a movie. I’ve had a copy of it for at least three years and he must’ve been working on it for at least another two years before that. Hollywood projects are always stepping on each other’s toes.

    Is it the best book ever? No but it is clever. Plus the fact that he took a self published movie all the way to getting green lit for feature film with a major studio. How about getting excited about the fact that this kind of stuff still happens!

  6. Describing it as “Romeo & Juliet with zombies” definitely does not do the book justice. The only way that it is like Romeo & Juliet is that the couple isn’t really supposed to be together, but other than that, it’s a very clever and unique take on zombies. The relationship progresses at a reasonable pace, nothing really happens too fast, and character development is superb.

  7. It’s not Romeo and Juliet. It’s waaay better.. Romeo and Juliet is about two idiotic teens who have sex and lust after eachother, and end up killing themselves after knowing eachother a couple days.
    Look into R&J a bit more before thinking, “oh, what a wonderful book<3<3<3<3"