Army of the Dead is a 2021 American zombie heist film directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay by Snyder, Shay Hatten, and Joby Harold based on Snyder’s screen story. The film stars an ensemble cast that consists of Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, and Garret Dillahunt.
A U.S. military convoy transporting a shipment from Area 51 collides with a car on the highway, unleashing a weapon bioengineered with extraterrestrial DNA. The enhanced zombie kills a number of soldiers while infecting two others. The zombies head to Las Vegas, infecting most of the population. After a failed military intervention, the government quarantines the city.
Dave Bautista as Scott Ward, a mercenary and founder of the mercenary group – Las Vengeance
Ella Purnell as Kate Ward, Scott’s estranged daughter who works with the World Health Organization
Omari Hardwick as Vanderohe, a soldier
Ana de la Reguera as Maria Cruz, Scott’s friend and a mechanic
Theo Rossi as Burt Cummings, abusive security guard
Matthias Schweighöfer as Ludwig Dieter, a German safecracker
Nora Arnezeder as Lily, a Frenchwoman known as the Coyote
Hiroyuki Sanada as Bly Tanaka, a billionaire that orchestrates the heist
Garret Dillahunt as Martin, the right-hand man to Tanaka
Tig Notaro as Marianne Peters, a helicopter pilot tasked with transporting the team.
Raúl Castillo as Mikey Guzman, a sharpshooter
Huma Qureshi as Geeta, a refugee and single mother
Samantha Win as Chambers, Guzman’s friend
Richard Cetrone as Zeus, the Alpha Zombie king
Athena Perample as The Bride, queen of the Alpha Zombies
Michael Cassidy as Sergeant Kelly, a U.S. convoy soldier
The project was first announced in March 2007. Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment were on board to co-produce the project. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. signed on to serve as director. By January 2019, after lingering in development hell for a number of years, Netflix acquired the distribution rights to the project from Warner Bros. with Zack Snyder directing. The filmmaker also serves as co-screenwriter with Shay Hatten, based on the story treatment by Snyder and Joby Harold. The film entered principal photography in mid-2019, with a reported budget of $90 million.
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