Zombieland stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin reunite in the trailer and poster for Zombieland: Double Tap. The upcoming sequel is scheduled to hit theaters in October, just two weeks over a decade after Ruben Fleischer's original horror-comedy opened back in 2009.
According to its newly-released official synopsis, Double Tap picks up in real-time after the first movie and finds Columbus (Eisenberg), Wichita (Stone), Tallahassee (Harrelson), and Little Rock (Breslin) living in the White House while doing daily battle with "the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors". Fleischer also returned to direct the sequel, drawing from a script written by Zombieland duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick with The Expendables writer Dave Callaham (who also worked on the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984).
The official Zombieland: Double Tap trailer is now online, ahead of its premiere in theaters with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood this weekend. You can check it out in the space below, followed by the film's new poster.
While the Double Tap trailer is somewhat light on actual zombies, it does introduce several of the new human survivors that are featured in the film. Specifically, the preview shows Columbus meeting a young, ditzy, blonde-haired woman known as Madison (Zoey Deutch), and Tallahassee crossing paths with a no-nonsense, zombie-killing warrior named Nevada (Rosario Dawson). Also featured here are a weed-dealing ex-musician (Avan Jogia), and a pair of characters - played by Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch - who are eerily similar to Columbus and Tallahassee in their appearance and mannerisms. Speaking to EW, Fleischer explained that “We kind of called them ‘doppelgängers", but refrained from spoiling any details beyond that for the time being.
All in all, it will be interesting to see how Double Tap is received compared to its predecessor. After all, the original Zombieland was a surprise success that came out at a time when its stars were less in-demand - and, as the sequel's trailer playfully notes at the beginning, less prestigious names - than they've become over the decade since the film was made. That being said, the actors are as charismatic as ever playing their Zombieland characters in the Double Tap trailer footage, and the sequel is clearly attempting to combine irreverent zombie action-comedy with a meaningful story about a group of people trying to get along as a family unit, much like the first movie did. So, here's to hoping that Zombieland: Double Tap ultimately proves to be worth the ten-year wait that it took to happen.
- Zombieland: Double Tap/Zombieland 2 (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019