If like me you really enjoyed Zack Snyder’s bloody comic / zombie horror thriller Army of the dead, you will be intrigued by the Netflix prequel series, Army of thieves, one of the next two Snyder projects set in the same fictional universe. Co-producer Deborah Snyder said Army of thieves will be a standalone film and compared the “romantic comedy heist” to the 2003s Italian work (itself a remake of the 1969 British film).
Army of the dead followed Dave Bautista and his team of mercenaries as they ventured through zombie-infested Las Vegas to collect millions in cash from a casino safe. Naturally, brain-consuming carnage ensued. As I wrote in my review, “While Snyder’s distinctive directorial style is clearly evident, he harnessed his worst impulses to give us a clever and entertaining take on the zombie apocalypse, featuring all the carnage. carnivore that you would expect from the genus. ”
Bautista received first place as Scott Ward, who brings the team together for the Vegas Heist in the hopes of having something to leave for his estranged daughter, Kate (Ella Purnel). But the whole cast was great. In addition to Tig Notaro’s delightfully cynical pilot and Samantha Win’s martial arts fireworks display, viewers loved the dynamic between the zombie killing machine Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick) and the brilliant and nervous German security breaker. Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Not only did the two forge a believable (albeit reluctant) bond, but Dieter’s high-pitched cries at the right time whenever a charged zombie was one of many running gags. So naturally, Dieter gets his own prequel.
Army of thieves was already in post-production when Army of the dead debuted, having completed filming in Germany in December. Schweighöfer is both the star and the director, and while the film is not a true zombie flick, it is set in the early stages of the zombie outbreak that makes up the opening story montage of Army of the dead. The plot “takes place in a world where these zombies exist in America and it causes instability in banking institutions,” Deborah Snyder told Indie Wire. “They’re moving money, so this is the perfect opportunity for a heist.” And, apparently, for romance. Zack Snyder has confirmed that there will be zombies in the movie, and we’ll also get more information on Dieter’s backstory, specifically how he learned his craft as a cracker.
In addition to Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel stars as Gwendoline, a mysterious woman who hires Dieter and his “unsuitable team of budding thieves”. It is assumed that she is also a lover, given the angle of romantic comedy. Guz Khan plays Rolph, Ruby O. Fee plays Korina and Stuart Martin plays Brad Cage. The cast also includes Jonathan Cohen, Noémie Nakai, Peter Simonischek and John Bubniak.
Army of thieves is slated for late 2021. Netflix reported that 72 million people watched its predecessor in the first four weeks after its premiere, and we can probably expect similar numbers for the prequel, especially since Dieter was a big fan favorite.
An anime-inspired prequel TV series is also in development, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, in which we’ll learn more about Scott’s origin story. Bautista, Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Notaro and Hardwick all return to voice their respective characters for the six-part series. Additional voice cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Manganiello, Christian Slater, Yetide Badaki, Harry Lennix, Monica Barbaro, Anya Chalotra, Christina Wrent and Nolan North.
Snyder appears to have forged a solid working relationship with Netflix. The director just announced another project with the streamer, an epic sci-fi fantasy called Rebel moon– that the director hopes to launch another successful franchise. Ten years ago, Snyder developed a Star wars pitch that never came to fruition after Disney acquired LucasFilm in 2012. Snyder has started reworking the concept as a side project in recent years. According to the official premise: “When a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, they send a young woman with a mysterious past to search for warriors from neighboring planets to help them take a stand.”
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