The trailer and poster have arrived for Jim Jarmusch's zombie horror-comedy, The Dead Don't Die. Since his arrival on the independent movie scene nearly forty years ago, Jarmusch has emerged as one of the more eclectic and off-beat filmmakers of his generation. Known for his absurdist humor and stories about characters investigating existential mysteries (and, in some cases, literal ones too), the writer-director has tried his hand at several different genres over the decades, ranging from westerns (Dead Man) to multinational action-crime (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai), and even vampire movies (Only Lovers Left Alive).
With his latest offering, The Dead Don't Die, Jarmusch is putting his spin on the increasingly oversaturated, but still popular zombie genre. The film boasts a stacked cast that includes Adam Driver, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton, as well as Jarmusch's filmmaker wife Sara Driver, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, RZA, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Carol Kane, Tom Waits, and Selena Gomez. Focus Features is getting its marketing up and going this week, ahead of the movie's release in June.
An official trailer for The Dead Don't Die is now online, along with the first poster. You can check them both out in the space below.
The trailer footage definitely has all the hallmarks of a typical Jarmusch film, complete with deadpan comedy acting and big name stars playing eccentric characters (see Swinton as a mortician with a knack for wielding katanas). Plot-wise, The Dead Don't Die pits a trio of small town cops (Murray, Driver, and Sevigny) against a sudden and unexpected zombie invasion. It's a fairly conventional setup for a zombie movie, but that's par for the course when it comes to Jarmusch's genre offerings. The filmmaker traditionally employs a familiar premise as the jumping-off point for a larger and more idiosyncratic exploration of America's melting pot culture. That should continue to be the case here, judging by the trailer.
Focus Feature plans to release The Dead Don't Die in theaters on June 14, where it will open against Men in Black International and the Shaft reboot. All three films are targeting significantly different demographics, so there should be enough room for each of them to do good business at the box office. The Dead Don't Die is the most niche of that weekend's offerings, but Jarmusch has developed a loyal following over the years. No doubt, his supporters will turn out to watch him and a star-studded cast kill zombies and crack jokes on the big screen.
Source: Focus Features
- The Dead Don't Die (2019) release date: Jun 14, 2019