The Warm Bodies trailer served up an entertaining blend of zombie humor and romantic comedy, refashioning the story of Romeo and Juliet in a zombpocalyptic world. Today, we have a second theatrical promo that’s lighter on the rom-com and somewhat heavier on horror elements (for the first ten seconds or so, that is).
Warm Bodies is based on the best-selling novel by Isaac Marion, which revolves around R (Nicholas Hoult) – an emotionally-wanting zombie who begins to change after he encounters the girlfriend of one of his victims (Teresa Palmer). The new trailer focuses on their budding relationship, rather that diving deeper into just how their newfound love begins to ‘cure’ the undead masses (like in the first trailer).
Next year will be a big year for Hoult, as he’s being upgraded to leading man in two movies: Warm Bodies and Jack the Giant Slayer, which is the first collaboration between the actor and director Bryan Singer (before they re-team for X-Men: Days of Future Past, that is). Hoult seems to be more in his element playing the emotional R in Bodies, rather than the unexpected hero Jack in Slayer – based on trailer footage, that is. Of course, the opposite could prove to be true in the final films.
Here are two new images from Warm Bodies:
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Writing and directing duties on Warm Bodies were handled by Jonathan Levin, who has shown a knack for crafting sweet and funny films – such as the coming-of-age flick The Wackness and cancer dramedy 50/50. Warm Bodies does indeed stand to benefit from Levine’s smart storytelling touch; though, we will have to wait and see how well Levine handles the larger-budget demands of Bodies, seeing how his previous films were smaller and simpler by comparison.
Then again, Levine is a director who does well working with actors and the Bodies cast as a whole is solid – including, Hoult and Palmer (who is usually a standout, even in stuff like I Am Number Four) appearing with John Malkovich, Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). So, that should help.
Warm Bodies open in U.S. theaters on February 1st, 2013.