A new photo has been revealed from behind the scenes of Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead. The film, which will be Snyder’s first offering since Justice League, is already one of the most talked about upcoming horror movies.
Announced in January of this year, Army Of The Dead will blend elements of horror with the propulsive action of a heist movie. The story is set to follow a group of mercenaries as they attempt to get away with an elaborate robbery in the post-apocalyptic zombie hellscape of Las Vegas. Speaking of the film, which has been in limbo for 11 years, Snyder has referred to it as a kick-ass, self-aware freakshow. Judging by the latest behind the scenes image to emerge, that very specific description would certainly apply.
In the photo, posted on Zack Snyder’s Twitter account, Snyder is sitting in the back of what appears to be a broken down car. Shooting in broad daylight, and surrounded by filming equipment, the director doesn’t seem to pay any mind to the two rotted out corpses in the front seat. The tweet is among the first glimpses into Army Of The Dead, which is slated to be released on Netflix in 2020.
The film will feature an ensemble cast that includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Huma Qureshi and Theo Rossi. While full details have yet to be disclosed, there is some information that is already known about the characters involved. Bautista will be playing Scott, described in reports as thoughtful, prone to dry wit, and estranged from his family. Purnell, one of the leads in Starz’s Sweetbitter, has been cast as Kate, Scott’s daughter, who is a hard-working and driven young woman.
Snyder, who has an adaption of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead lined up, as well as a war drama, has stepped away from the superhero genre after overseeing several titles in the DC Extended Universe. The tenure has earned him his fair share of defenders, who say Snyder's work should be viewed in its totality and detractors, who felt he misunderstood key elements of iconic heroes.
But it is not unusual for directors to follow up huge, tentpole projects with smaller and more personal stories. After directing The Avengers, Joss Whedon released a black and white romantic comedy adaptation of Shakespeare. Joe and Anthony Russo, after the history-changing of Avengers: Endgame, will be focusing on the true story of army veteran Nico Walker. In Snyder’s case, he has a good track record with zombies. His first film, in 2004, was a remake of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead. It was a hit with audiences that is still remembered fondly today. With Army Of The Dead, Snyder has a chance to replicate that success.
Source: Zack Snyder/Twitter