Zombieland: Double Tap adds Thomas Middleditch
Variety brings word that Emmy nominee Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) has joined Sony’s Zombieland sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap.
Middleditch stars on HBO’s Silicon Valley and will next be seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The actor’s credits also include Drunk History, Tag, The Final Girls, Replicas, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Director Ruben Fleischer and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were all put on the map following the success of Zombieland, with Fleischer helming the most recent entry into Sony’s first Spider-Man spinoff Venom, and Rheese and Wernick going on to help bring the Deadpool franchise to life for Fox, and all of them will be returning to the director’s and writers’ chairs for the sequel.
Zombieland: Double Tap will also feature the return of stars Woody Harrelson (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me), Emma Stone (La La Land) and Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens), which may raise the budget to above $24 million this time, especially given Stone’s Oscar win La La Land, Harrelson’s nomination for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Eisenberg’s nomination for The Social Network. Dawson will also be joining franchise newcomers Zoey Deutch (Set it Up) and Avan Jogia (Victorious).
The original followed four strangers who meet on the road in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and, while initially at each other’s throats, they soon come to bond with each other and form a close-bonded group. Harrelson played the violent cowboy Tallahassee, Eisenberg played geeky Columbus, with Stone and Breslin playing crafty sisters Wichita and Little Rock, all characters named after the locations they are heading to.
Zombieland came out in 2009 and quickly became one of the most talked-about and acclaimed hits for the zombie genre, with critics and audiences praising it for its intelligent humor, gleeful gore, self-aware nature and the minor ensemble’s fantastic chemistry. The film was also a commercial hit, grossing over $100 million globally off of a $24 million budget, as well as earning over $55 million on home media as of 2015.
The sequel is expected to be released this year on October 2019, just in time for the 10th anniversary of the original film.