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The First Trailer for 'Army of the Dead' Charts a Las Vegas Heist During a Zombie Outbreak

It's directed by 'Justice League' filmmaker Zack Snyder and stars Dave Bautista — and it's coming to Netflix in May.
By Sarah Ward
March 06, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
March 06, 2021
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When you were watching Ocean's Eleven, did you ever think to yourself "this is great, but I really wish someone was trying to eat George Clooney's brains?". Every time you settle in for an episode of The Walking Dead, do you find yourself hoping that someone — anyone — would mastermind a scheme to break into a casino vault? Whichever thought has popped into your head, you'll soon be able to see what a Las Vegas heist flick looks like when it's paired with the zombie genre. That's the whole premise behind Netflix film Army of the Dead, one of the big new movies the streaming platform has lined up for 2021.

If the overall concept sounds somewhat familiar, that's because you probably saw Train to Busan sequel Peninsula last year — another zombie-heist film hybrid. The huge difference here, of course, is the Las Vegas setting. Well, that and the fact that Army of the Dead stars Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista and is directed by Justice League's Zack Snyder.

You definitely won't forget the latter based on the just-dropped first teaser trailer for Army of the Dead, because it spends about half of its brief running time stressing exactly who is behind the lens. And as for all the shuffling undead hordes and pilfering antics, the movie follows a group of mercenaries who decide to take advantage of the situation by breaking into the casino-filled quarantine zone.

When the movie hits Netflix on Friday, May 21, viewers will also spot Garret Dillahunt (Deadwood), Tig Notaro (Music), Ella Purnell (Sweetbitter), Omari Hardwick (Power), Ana de la Reguera (also from Power), Theo Rossi (Luke Cage) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Resistance), plus Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle), Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld), Raúl Castillo (Knives Out) and Huma Qureshi (Viceroy's House).

And yes, Snyder has toyed with zombies before, in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. Here, though, he's aiming to set up his own franchise — with a prequel movie and an animated spinoff series already greenlit.

Check out the trailer below:

Army of the Dead will stream via Netflix from Friday, May 21.

Top image: Clay Enos, Netflix.

Published on March 06, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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