Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez and Tilda Swinton will head up the cast of The Dead Don't Die, a new zombie comedy from legendary indie director Jim Jarmusch. Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny also star in the film, which is currently shooting.
Beginning with his classic 1980s movies Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law, Jarmusch has built a reputation as one of the masters of American independent film. Occasionally, Jarmusch does like to step away from the quirky, character-driven comedies in which he specializes to dabble in genre filmmaking - though always with unusual results. Over the years, Jarmusch has made a Western (Dead Man), a samurai film (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) and even a vampire movie (Only Lovers Left Alive), infusing each with his uniquely cool sensibility and oddball point-of-view.
For his next, sure-to-be-unconventional genre exercise, Jarmusch will make his first foray into the zombie movie form with The Dead Don't Die. Focus Features has officially announced the movie, Jarmusch's third collaboration with the studio after Broken Flowers and The Limits of Control. The film will reunite the filmmaker with several of his former actors, including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Buscemi. New to the Jarmusch stock company is Selena Gomez. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the movie is described as a "zombie comedy."
Zombie comedy of course is not a new genre for Bill Murray, after his hilarious guest appearance in 2009's Zombieland. Murray is also very familiar with Jarmusch, having worked with the director on 2003's Coffee and Cigarettes, 2005's Broken Flowers and 2009's The Limits of Control. Driver too has previously worked with Jarmusch, putting in an awards-buzzy performance in the 2016 drama Paterson. Swinton also has starred in several Jarmusch works, most notably the Detroit-set rock and roll vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive, which co-starred her with a goth Tom Hiddleston. Buscemi has the longest relationship with Jarmusch, having starred in the director's 1989 film Mystery Train as well as several others.
Nowadays it's arguable that the zombie genre is entirely played out, but if there's anyone out there who can breathe new life into the old tropes, it's Jim Jarmusch. Whenever the director tackles a film, it's first and foremost a Jim Jarmusch movie and only incidentally a "zombie film" or "vampire movie." The Dead Don't Die likely won't get a lot of attention from mainstream audiences, even with the presence of pop star and former Justin Bieber girlfriend Selena Gomez, but arthouse crowds will be eager to check out what Jarmusch, Murray, Driver and company have in store with their take on zombies.
Source: Focus Features