Last week, we reported to you the news that John Malkovich was in final talks to play the baddie of Summit Entertainment’s Warm Bodies. The film is based on the Isaac Marion debut novel of the same name and “follows an existentially tormented zombie named ‘R’ who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims.”
Variety has confirmed three more to add to the casting body-count: Dave Franco (Fright Night, Superbad), Analeigh Tipton (Hung, Green Hornet), and Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles, Tia and Tamara) have been added to the cast of Warm Bodies.
Franco (pictured above, left) is the leader of the human resistance, Tipton (pictured above, middle) is to play the best friend of the girlfriend, and Hardrict (pictured above, right) has been cast to play Malkovich’s General Grigio’s right-hand man.
Warm Bodies stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, About A Boy) as R, Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Julie Grigio and Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, Childrens Hospital) as M, a zombie friend of R’s. Jonathan Levine (50/50) is both the writer and director for the project. Filming begins in Montreal on September 17th.
Book synopsis of Warm Bodies:
R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.
Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.
No release date has been set yet for Warm Bodies.