Zombieland: Double Tap lands Luke Wilson as co-star
The cast of Zombieland: Double Tap has added another to its ranks. Variety reports that Luke Wilson has joined the Zombieland sequel. There are no details about his role as of yet, but he’ll be joining the previously announced Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Zoey Deutch (Flower) and Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin).
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.
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.