Actor Luke Wilson is the latest star to be added to the cast of Zombieland 2: Double Tap. As we’ve previously reported, Zombieland 2 welcomes back the original cast Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, as well as newcomers Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Rosario Dawson. The original Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, fresh off 2018’s Venom has returned to direct the new script, penned by Dave Callaham (Godzilla, Wonder Woman 1984), along with original writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known lately for their work on Deadpool and Deadpool 2.
Fleischer explained in an interview with ComicBook.com that it was important to him and to everyone involved with the Zombieland 2 that it be worth the wait:
“And we’ve been working on it for four years and have made sure that if we’re gonna do it again it’s at least as good if not better than the original and finally I think we have a script that we all feel really confident in go making and yeah, ’cause it’s such a precious thing none of us want to tarnish its place, we only wanna build upon it.”
And part of “building upon it” means new characters, new zombies, and likely new Zombieland rules for survival from Columbus (Eisenberg).
According to Variety, the sequel will pit the familiar band of zombie plague survivors against undead that have evolved since the 2009 film. The new zombies are rumored to include Homers (dumb ones), Hawkings (smart ones) and Ninjas (deadly ones), SuperBroMovies reports, though details of Wilson’s character have yet to be revealed.
Wilson will next be appearing in John Crowley’s The Goldfinch, based on the Donna Tartt book of the same name, and in Matt Shapira’s independent feature The Swing of Things. We’ve seen Wilson demonstrate his comedic chops in the past in films such as Old School (2003), Anchorman (2004), and The Skeleton Twins (2014). Some of his earliest credits, including his turns as “Stab’s” Billy in Scream 2 (1997) and as Sheriff Hartwell in The X-Files episode “Bad Blood” (1998), point to him being right at home in the world of Zombieland.
Zombieland 2: Double Tap is currently in production and is set to open in October 2019, a decade nearly to the day after the release of the first film. Are you excited to see the gang back together? What zombie rule would you trust to save your life? Let us know on Twitter, in the official NOFS Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!