Since ending his run on “Doctor Who” last year, Matt Smith has been spending quite a lot of time with the undead. He’s playing Mr. Collins in director Burr Steers’ upcoming twisted Jane Austen adaptation, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and now, according to a story at Deadline, he’s preparing to battle the living dead once again. This time, Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in Screen Gem’s upcoming zombie thriller Patient Zero.
Scripted by Mike Le and set to be directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (who helmed the Academy Award-winning The Counterfeiters), Patient Zero takes place in a post-outbreak zombie apocalypse and follows the adventures of one man who has the unique ability to speak with the undead and who hopes to use his gift to discover a cure for the plague and his infected wife.
Even outside these two zombie projects, Smith has not strayed far from genre tales. He’s headlining Ryan Gosling’s dark fantasy feature Lost River opposite Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan and Christina Hendricks and will appear opposite Dormer’s “Game of Thrones” co-star Emilia Clarke in the upcoming franchise reboot Terminator Genisys (hitting theaters July 1, 2015).
Dormer, meanwhile, is in theaters today as part of the ensemble cast of Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
Vincent Newman is attached to produce Patient Zero for Screen Grems through his Vincent Newman Entertainment.
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