Legendary's Digital Media division and Crackle have revealed the principal cast along with the first photo for the upcoming feature-length project Dead Rising: Watchtower. Rob Riggle, Harley Morenstein, Keegan Connor Tracy, and Aleks Paunovic will join previously announced cast members Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.
Rob Riggle will join the cast as Frank West, a weathered photo-journalist skilled in surviving Zombie attacks; Harley Morenstein will play Pyro, a menacing biker and Logan's (Aleks Paunovic) second-in-command; Aleks Paunovic portrays Logan, a hard criminal and the head of a biker gang and Keegan Connor Tracy will take on the role of Jordan, a straight-laced journalist.
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story's narrative.
The project is written by Tim Carter, who is also producing with Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner. Contradiction most recently produced the hit digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Red, G.I. Joe) will executive produce.
Crackle will debut Dead Rising: Watchtower in its feature-length form in the U.S. After Crackle's exclusive distribution run, the project will also be released on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV. Content Media Corporation will distribute Dead Rising: Watchtower in both feature-length and episodic formats for all international platforms.
The Dead Rising game franchise has sold over 7.6 MM copies worldwide. Publisher Capcom has sold over 200 MM game copies worldwide, including those from juggernaut series Resident Evil®, Street Fighter® and Mega Man®. Check out star Virginia Madsen as she leads her supporting cast in the first photo from the set of Dead Rising: Watchtower.