Few films have attempted to mesh together the zombie apocalypse and romantic comedy. After all, one concerns itself with hordes of flesh-eating monsters while the latter requires something a little more heartfelt. Recent years have brought exceptions such as Edgar Wright's 2004 cult hit Shaun of the Dead and the 2009 surprise smash Zombieland, but for the most part, filmmakers shy away from the risk of combining these two particular sub-genres.
However, writer/director Jonathan Levine is attempting this cinematic mash-up once more with his upcoming film Warm Bodies. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, it stars Nicholas Hoult as R, your average everyday zombie, who feels lost among the hordes of undead. That is, until he begins to fall in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer). Along the way, their connection starts off a chain reaction which may affect the future of civilization and conceivably reverse the zombie plague.
Courtesy of Entertainment Tonight, we now have our first look at the film's trailer, and while the premise of Warm Bodies – two star-crossed lovers, only one of whom has a pulse – could easily be mistaken for a zombified Twilight rip-off, the result looks like it could very well be one of early 2013's sleeper hits. Even the lead characters' names are clear riffs on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, indicating that Warm Bodies has a self-awareness that nicely dovetails into its own narrative.
Levine previously brought us last year's 50/50, which perfectly blended laughs with plenty of heart, and Warm Bodies looks to continue that trend. Meanwhile, Hoult – who is set to headline Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer – brought vulnerability and quiet strength to his role as young Hank McCoy/Beast in X-men: First Class, both traits which will serve him well here as a conflicted zombie.
Of course, there's no telling how Warm Bodies will turn out until its release, but based solely on this trailer, it looks like Levine and his team have put together a fun ride for moviegoers.
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Warm Bodies hits theaters everywhere on February 1, 2013.