Last-Minute Cast Change Hits ‘Army Of The Dead’

Zack Snyder’s work on his zombie opus Army of the Dead is not finished yet–despite the fact that shooting reportedly wrapped last year.

The acclaimed director this week replaced Chris D’Elia with actress/stand-up comic Tig Notaro (seen recently in Star Trek: Discovery), forcing a round of reshoots on the Netflix film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Snyder–who made his feature film directorial debut in 2004 with the remake of the 1978 horror classic Dawn of the Dead–also co-wrote the screenplay with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold and produced the film alongside Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller under the Stone Quarry banner.

The casting switch reportedly was made after sexual harassment charges were leveled against D’Elia in June, allegations the comedian has denied. Additionally, plans for an unscripted Netflix show D’Elia was in line for also were cancelled.

Notaro wrote, produced and starred in the well-received Amazon series One Mississippi, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for her second comedy album Live in 2002. She also had a role in Natalie Portman’s 2019 film Lucy in the Sky.

Snyder now is planning reshoots to place Notaro in her key role in Army of the Dead. The filmmaker reportedly will employ a combination of techniques in this task–from reshooting some scenes with Notaro opposite other actors to using green screens and CGI to blend her into the film.

The highly anticipated movie–described as a “spiritual sequel” to Dawn of the Dead–is set in the days following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas when a band of mercenaries travels into the quarantine zone to pull off a daring and ambitious heist.

The international cast Notaro joins includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighofer, Raul Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Samantha Win.

Keep reading Horror News Network for additional updates on Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead on Netflix.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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