Zack Snyder has officially begun filming Army of the Dead, his upcoming zombie heist movie for Netflix. The streaming service has also announced the full cast for the project, which already included Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame star Dave Bautista. Garret Dillahunt, Chris D'Elia and more will be getting in on the zombie mayhem alongside Bautista in what could be the most exciting thing Snyder has done in a very long time.
Netflix has managed to turn this into quite the ensemble piece. Newly announced cast members include Omari Hardwick (Sorry to Bother You), Chris D'Elia (Man on Fire), Hiroyuki Sanada (Avengers: Endgame), Garret Dillahunt (No Country For Old Men) , Matthias Schweighofer (You Are Wanted), Raul Castillo (We The Animals), Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle), Samantha Win (Justice League) and Rich Cetrone (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). In addition to Dave Bautista, they join the likes of Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), Ana De La Reguera (Narcos), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) and Huma Qureshi (Leila), who had been previously announced.
Filming kicked off recently in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The production will later move to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Not much has been revealed about the plot, but Army of the Dead takes place in the wake of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. At which time, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble and march into the quarantine zone in an attempt to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. Zack Snyder, in addition to his duties as director, co-wrote the screenplay alongside Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and Shay Hatten (John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum). Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder's wife and longtime creative partner, will produce alongside Wesley Coller.
This marks the first time that Zack Snyder will step behind the camera for a full-length feature since Justice League. While he remains the credited director on the DC Comics adaptation, Joss Whedon was brought in to oversee hefty reshoots and it's well documented that the theatrical cut does not resemble Snyder's original vision for the movie. This also marks his return to the zombie genre, following his well-liked directorial debut, 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake.
Netflix has been able to court big-name filmmakers over the last few years, as they're willing to provide the resources for them to bring their visions to life. Alfonso Cuaron last year with Roma and Michael Bay with his upcoming Six Underground are just a couple of examples. Zack Snyder now joins that group. However, it was recently revealed that the streaming service is going to crack down on the heavy spending in the future, as a result of certain bid-budget projects, such as Ben Affleck's Triple Frontier, underperforming. Netflix streaming has not yet set a premiere date for Army of the Dead, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available.