Zack Snyder has announced that his first project for Netflix, Army of the Dead, will be released on May 21. The director revealed the news in a tweet this morning, which included a new poster for the film alluding to a bunch of zombies trapped behind the thick steel of a bank vault. Snyder also confirmed that Army of the Dead’s first teaser will be available to watch this Thursday, February 25.
“Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted,” Netflix’s official synopsis reads. The ensemble cast includes Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai), Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery), and Omari Hardwick (Power).
Zack Snyder has reportedly been developing Army of the Dead since 2008. The film was originally designed to be a direct sequel to his previous zombie effort, Dawn of the Dead, a remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 classic in which a group of survivors barricade themselves inside of a shopping mall.
Army of the Dead is also poised to become a franchise, as Netflix has already greenlit both a prequel and anime series that will expand the world that Snyder has developed. The latter will be called Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix again as we expand the Army of the Dead universe with both an international prequel, as well as exploring the visually dynamic world of animation,” Snyder said in a press release. “It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.”