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

by Thomas Tuna

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.

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