Netflix has officially announced their new partnership with one of the biggest theater chains in the country, Cinemark, for the theatrical release of Zack Snyder’s upcoming action-thriller Army of the Dead. This marks the first Netflix film that will receive a wide release at a major theater chain. The Dave Bautista-led zombie pic is scheduled to arrive exclusively in theaters at 200 Cinemark locations on May 14, followed by its streaming debut on May 21 on Netflix.
“Cinemark is excited to work with Netflix on our first wide release and provide movie lovers the opportunity to see ‘Army of the Dead’ in our theatres across the U.S.,” Cinemark’s Senior VP of Global Content Strategy, Justin McDaniel, said in a statement (via Variety). “Zack Snyder fans will love seeing the action in an immersive, cinematic environment with larger-than-life sight and sound technology.”
Its current May 14 wide release sees Zack Snyder’s latest film going up against another high-profile horror feature in the form of Darren Lynn Bousman’s ninth Saw installment, Spiral: From the Book of Saw starring Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock.
Army of the Dead takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward, a displaced Vegas local, former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka, it’s with the ultimate proposition: Break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payoff could help pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist.
They include Maria Cruz, an ace mechanic and Ward’s old friend; Vanderohe, a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters, a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman, a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers, his ride-or-die; Martin, the casino’s head of security; a badass warrior known as the Coyote who recruits Burt Cummings, a slimy security guard; and German safe cracker named Dieter. Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta, a mother who’s gone missing inside the city. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.
The film stars Dave Bautista as Scott Ward, Ella Purnell as Kate, Omari Hardwick as Vanderohe, Tig Notaro as Marianne Peters, Hiroyuki Sanada as Bly Tanaka, Raul Castillo as Mikey Guzman, Nora Arnezeder as Coyote, Matthias Schweighöfer as Dieter, Ana de la Reguera as Maria Cruz, Samantha Win as Chambers, Rich Cetrone as Zeus, Theo Rossi as Burt Cummings, Huma S. Qureshi as Geeta and Garrett Dillahunt as Martin.
Army of the Dead is written and directed by Zack Snyder, based on a story concept from him Shay Hatten (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) and Joby Harold (Obi-Wan Kenobi). Producers are Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder for The Stone Quarry with Wesley Collar. Ori Marmu and Andrew Norman are overseeing for Netflix.