It's been a rough road for the follow-up to the comedy-horror favorite Zombieland. After some years of rumors and negotiations for a film sequel, the property began searching for a home as a television series (which was quite interesting, because the movie itself was originally intended as an HBO series pilot).
After bouncing back and forth between prospective networks, the Zombieland television series has found an unusual host – Amazon's video streaming services. With showrunners already in place (original film writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) and a well-respected director set to direct the show's pilot (Eli Craig of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil), it looks as if this Amazon-based setup will be the one to finally stick. As if eager to prove that Zombieland is up and ready to start shuffling forward, the production has begun casting its lead survivors.
Shock Till You Drop reports that Zombieland has roped in Tyler Ross (Nate & Margaret) to play Columbus and Izabela Vidovic (Find Me) to play Little Rock. In the original movie, these roles were portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) and Abigail Breslin (Ender's Game), respectively. This fulfills half of the cast of primary survivors from the movie, leaving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Wichita (Emma Stone) to be cast.
Neither of the actors announced for the roles are well known. This isn't surprising in the case of Vidovic, who is as young as Breslin was when she played Little Rock. She has a decent number of television and telemovie roles under her belt, but that's about it. Without having seen any of this previous work, it's unknown whether she'll bring the same combination of wry snark and honest whimsy as Breslin did to the role.
Ross is somewhat younger than the slacker twenty-something played by Eisenberg in Zombieland, but definitely looks the part of movie's gawky protagonist. He's also been in a limited number of releases, including small roles in NCIS and Boss. Ross has played the lead in a handful of smaller indie movies, including The Wise Kids, Nate & Margaret, and the forthcoming Milkshake.
Though the news of Little Rock and Columbus leaves us no wiser as to whether the Zombieland series will capture the goofy intensity of its predecessor, it does fully confirm that the show is actually happening. Hopefully, news of the other half of the core group's casting will be quick in coming.
Zombieland has no planned release date, but with casting in full swing it won't be long before Amazon will clue us in to when the first episodes will begin streaming. Stay tuned.
Source: Shock Till You Drop