Zack Snyder's Netflix Movie Has Cast Its First Star
Netflix has been lining up more and more big name Hollywood talent to boost up its library of big budget content. One of the streaming services latest projects comes from Zack Snyder. The film will be his first directorial effort since 2017’s Justice League, and it will be a post-apocalyptic zombie movie called Army of the Dead. Not too much is known about the project, but Snyder has found his lead actor in the form of Marvel star Dave Bautista.
According to Deadline, Dave Bautista will headline Army of the Dead for Netflix and Zack Snyder. Not too much is known about his specific role in the film, but the story is set in Las Vegas amid a zombie outbreak, and a man assembles a team of mercenaries to pull of a spectacular heist. One would assume that Bautista will play said man. I’m not sure why a heist needs to be pulled when zombies are a thing, but we’ll find out soon enough.
Army of the Dead was scripted by Shay Hatten and Zach Snyder. Snyder is also producing the film alongside his wife, Deborah Snyder.
This is just the latest in a growing line of projects for Dave Bautista, who hasn’t had any problem building up his resume. The wrestler turned action star has appeared in such films as Spectre and Blade Runner 2049. Bautista is also a part of the Escape Plan movies starring Sylvester Stallone, with the third one, Escape Plan: The Extractors, set to arrive in theaters later this year.
Of course, Dave Bautista is best known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. We have no idea if Drax will return in the rapidly approaching Avengers: Endgame, but he’s expected to be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. James Gunn is back in the director’s chair, and Bautista, who was a strong critic when Gunn was initially fired from the film, said he was excited to work with the filmmaker again.
As for Dave Bautista’s upcoming films, he’ll be appearing in the action-comedy Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani this summer on July 12. The film follows a grizzled detective (Bautista) who recruits an Uber driver (Nanjiani) to stop a terrorist after the cop crashes his car. The film premiered at South by Southwest in March to positive reviews, and thanks to the Disney-Fox merger, it’ll be the first R-rated film released by Disney since 2013.
You can also catch Bautista in the family-comedy My Spy, which premiered its first trailer at CinemaCon last week. The actor will also be reuniting with director Denis Villenueve in the upcoming Dune remake.
Dave Bautista is a busy man! There’s no release date for Army of the Dead just yet, but you can check all the cool movies Netflix has coming up with our streaming guide.