Dave Bautista joins Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 April 2019
Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista has joined the cast of Netflix's 'Army of the Dead' helmed by 'Justice League' director Zack Snyder

Dave Bautista is to star in Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead' for Netflix.

The 50-year-old wrestler-turned-actor will join the 52-year-old filmmaker – who recently helmed DC Extended Universe films 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Justice League' – who has signed on to direct the zombie movie for the streaming service, according to Deadline.

The plot will follow a young woman headed into a dangerous and quarantined Las Vegas where a zombie outbreak has happened in order to find what is causing the undead to rise up.

When she becomes trapped her father assembles a group of mercenaries to help rescue her, with the group "tempted by the chance to rob the casinos while they're there".

Zack will also produce the project with his wife Deborah Snyder and looking forward to the challenge, the director previously said: "There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one."

The movie is based on a script by Joby Harold, who previously penned the script for 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'.

Netflix is renowned for giving filmmakers complete creative control, and Zack is excited to be working with the streaming service.

He previously shared: "I love to honour canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre."

Zack is keen to take some risks with the upcoming project, promising fans that 'Army of the Dead' will be a "kick-ass, self-aware" film.

He said: "It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware – but not in a wink-to-the-camera way – balls-to-the-wall zombie freak show that anyone has ever seen. No one's ever let me completely loose [like this]."

The movie is scheduled to begin shooting this summer and will have a budget that could hit the $90 million mark.

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