Legendary’s Digital Media division and Crackle announced today the principal cast for the upcoming feature-length project Dead Rising: Watchtower. Rob Riggle (Let’s Be Cops, 22 Jump Street), Harley Morenstein (“Epic Meal Time,” “Epic Meal Empire,” Tusk), Keegan Connor Tracey (“Bates Motel,” “Once Upon a Time”), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War) will join previously-announced cast members Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.
Riggle will join the cast as Frank West, a weathered photo-journalist skilled in surviving Zombie attacks; Morenstein will play Pyro, a menacing biker and Logan’s (Paunovic) second-in-command; Paunovic portrays Logan, a hard criminal and the head of a biker gang and Tracey will take on the role of Jordan, a straight-laced journalist.
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.
The project is written by Tim Carter, who is also producing with Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner. Contradiction most recently produced the hit digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, RED, G.I. Joe) will executive produce.
Crackle will debut Dead Rising: Watchtower in its feature-length form in the U.S. After Crackle’s exclusive distribution run, the project will also be released on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV. Content Media Corporation will distribute Dead Rising: Watchtower in both feature-length and episodic formats for all international platforms.
The “Dead Rising” game franchise has sold over 7.6 million copies worldwide. Publisher Capcom has sold over 200 million game copies worldwide, including those from series “Resident Evil,” “Street Fighter” and “Mega Man.”