The cast of Zombieland 2 keeps growing, as Luke Wilson has joined the upcoming horror-comedy sequel. Released in 2009, the original Zombieland put a comedic spin on the ever-popular zombie genre, a formula that helped the relatively small-budget movie gross $102 million at the box office.
Ten years after Zombieland combined thrills and laughs to memorable effect, director Ruben Fleischer is finally ready to bring back the characters for a sequel, officially titled Zombieland 2: Double Tap. Stars Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin will all be back, to be joined by new cast members Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch and Zoey Deutch. Most importantly, Bill Murray will return for the sequel after his unforgettable cameo appearance in the original, and will be joined by fellow SNL and Ghostbusters alum Dan Aykroyd.
In another casting move for Zombieland 2, Variety reports that Luke Wilson has now been added to the ensemble. Details on Wilson’s character are being kept under wraps for now. The sequel’s story reportedly takes place years after the events of the original, and sees the characters taking on new and more dangerous breeds of zombies while struggling to keep their makeshift family unit together.
With Wilson and Murray both on-board, Zombieland 2 is now a bit of a Wes Anderson universe reunion, as the two worked together in the quirky director's The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore. The two actors also both had roles in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels. The brother of Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson is best-known for playing regular guy roles in comedies like Old School, The Family Stone and – perhaps most memorably – Mike Judge’s prophetic satire Idiocracy. Coming up for Wilson are the drama The Goldfinch starring Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson, the romance All the Bright Places starring Elle Fanning and Alexandra Shipp and Atom Egoyan’s new film Guest of Honour starring David Thewlis. Wilson has also signed on to play Pat Dugan in Stargirl, the new series from DC Universe about a teenage superhero.
It's not yet known what Wilson will be doing in Zombieland 2, but given his reputation as an actor who normally plays nice guys, it might be interesting to see him play against type and be the villain for once. Wilson of course has done a lot of comedy in his time, so he should fit in well with the rest of the Zombieland cast as they revisit horror-comedy world they created together way back in 2009. It will be interesting to see if the movie's unique mix of genres works again as it did ten years ago.
- Zombieland: Double Tap/Zombieland 2 (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019