Army of the Dead: Everything We Know So Far

Army of the Dead – Copyright. The Stone Quarry

There’s no stopping the ever-growing horde of zombie titles coming out of Hollywood. Netflix has yet another zombie Original in the works with Zak Snyder’s Army of the Dead. We’ll be keeping track on everything you need to know about Army of the Dead, including the cast, plot, trailer, and Netflix release date.

Army of the Dead is an American action-horror heist film, written, created and directed by Zack Snyder. This is the first film directed by Zack Snyder since his spent on Justice League (2017). Warner Brothers previously held the rights to the film but it was Netflix who bought these rights, giving Zack Snyder a $90 Million budget to play with. Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and Shay Hatten (John Wick 3) helped Snyder write the story. Snyder is also serving as a producer along with Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller.


What is the plot of Army of the Dead?

The following plot synopsis has been provided by Netflix:

Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.


Who is in the cast of Army of the Dead?

The following cast members have been confirmed for the Army of the Dead:

RoleCast MemberWhere Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
ScottDave BautistaGuardians of the Galaxy | Avengers: Infinity War | Spectre
KateElla PurnellMiss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children | Never Let Me Go | Kick-Ass 2
CruzAna de la RegueraNacho Libre | Narcos | Eastbound & Down
Frank PetersGarret Dillahunt12 Years a Slave | Deadwood | No Country for Old Men
Mikey GuzmanRaul CastilloAtypical | Seven Seconds | We the Animals
VanderoheOmari HardwickKick-Ass | Power | The A-Team
Ludwig DiterMatthias SchweighoferYou Are Wanted | The Most Beautiful Day | The Manny
Hunter BlyHiroyuki SanadaThe Twilight Samurai | Sunshine | The Wolverine
TBAChris D’EliaCeleste & Jesse Forever | Little Evil | Glory Daze
TBANora ArnezederParis 36 | Safe House | The Words
TBASamantha JoWonder Woman | Arrow | Justice League
TBATheo RossiLuke Cage | Sons of Anarchy | Lowriders
TBAHuma QureshiGangs of Wasseypur | Dedh Ishqiya | Badlapur
TBARich CetroneLethal Weapon | Man of Steel | Thor

Is Army of the Dead a sequel to Dawn of the Dead?

The concept of Army of the Dead did begin as a sequel for Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead.

Whether or not the story takes place in the same world as Dawn of the Dead is at the discretion of Zack Snyder. Regardless, even if the film does take place in the same world as Dawn of the Dead, the plot of Army of the Dead has nothing to do with the former.

Why did the film take so long to produce?

Rather than direct the film, Zack Snyder would take on a role as a producer. This was because he was working on Watchmen at the time when Army of the Dead was announced. Matthis van Heijningen Jr. was set to direct the film but the project was put on ice for a number of years until Netflix revived the project.

Snyder’s involvement in DC’s expanded universe was one of the reasons why Army of the Dead was on the ice for so long.

Army of the Dead is Zack Snyder’s return to the director’s seat after taking a sabbatical to spend time with his family. He’s expressed his excitement to return to filmmaking in an interview with THR stating:

There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one…I thought this was a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way…I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware but not in a wink-to-the-camera way balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose.


What is the production status of Army of the Dead?

Current Production Status: Filming (Last Updated 30/07/2019)

Filming began on July 15th, 2019. The onset locations are spread across Los Angeles, California, and Alburquerque, New Mexico.


Are there any images or stills for Army of the Dead?

Besides the promotional material, only one photo of the cast has been revealed.

All images are courtesy of Netflix and The Stone Quarry.


What is the run-time for Army of the Dead?

There’s no official run time for Army of the Dead but we can speculate on what the run time will be. Zack Snyder’s last film the remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (2004) ran for 100 minutes.

Most Zombie titles fail to exceed a run time over 100 minutes, therefore, we expect Army of the Dead to run for approximately 90 to 100 minutes.

What is the rating?

At a minimum, Army of the Dead will receive an R-Rating. For subscribers in the UK, this means the film will be rated of least a 15. But thanks all the guts and gore we can look forward to an NC-17 (18 in the UK) rating more likely.


Is there a trailer available for Army of the Dead?

There won’t be a trailer for quite some time. We may potentially see a teaser trailer for Army of the Dead at Halloween but don’t expect to see a trailer land until December 2019 or January 2020.


When is the Netflix release date for Army of the Dead?

Netflix hasn’t announced when Army of the Dead will arrive but a Q1/Q2 2020 release date is likely. This is because production only just began in July which will take a number of weeks and potentially months to complete. Alongside post-production and the marketing for the movie will add a significant amount of time to the release schedule.

Potential Release Date: Q1 or Q2 2020.

Will Army of the Dead be released worldwide?

Yes! Zak Snyder’s zombie heist Original will be available to all subscribers worldwide.


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