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Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Cory Hardrict Set To Be 'Warm Bodies'

by Gabe Toro
September 10, 2011 7:30 AM
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While we're fans of Johnathan Levine, director of the recent "50/50," we're in wait-and-see mode regarding "Warm Bodies," the zombie romance the helmer is currently filming. He's got Nicolas Hoult and Teresa Palmer as the very pretty lead duo, with Hoult as a love-struck zombie in pursuit of a human female companion. Rob Corddry and John Malkovich have also been cast, but it seems the new, youthful additions of Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and Cory Hardrict to the cast clarify the "Twilight" angle of this premise, based on a novel described as " 'Twilight' meets 'Shaun of the Dead.' "

The younger Franco, who has been following in his brother James' footsteps by keeping busy, will play Palmer's boyfriend, the leader of the human resistance. The young Tipton, who is one of Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," plays Palmer's friend, dealing with her own, um, "budding emotions" according to Variety. And Hardrict plays one of Malkovich's right hand men running a zombie-free enclave called the Green Zone (topical!) and, because this is a big studio movie (or semi-studio: sorry Summit), he'll probably be considered "the black one."

Zombie movies keep happening because it's fun to play "spot the metaphor," but given that "Twilight" profits are about to dry up at Summit and that the logline for the book explicitly references the Stephanie Meyer "novels," it seems clear what we're getting here: an emphasis on romance written by the unromantic and/or deeply cynical and aimed towards young, undiscerning audiences with no regard for the existential tragedy of a man-turned-monster. Levine is better than that, but so is Oscar-winner Bill Condon, director of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn."

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2 Comments

  • Molly | September 11, 2011 3:20 AMReply

    The book is actually really good, and is not like Twilight at all. The fact that Summit is doing the film makes me really, really nervous.

  • john jones! | September 10, 2011 10:07 AMReply

    I'm pissed how Cory hardrict's photo is not here but others are, he was the best actor hands down in Battle: Los angeles you survived with a potential sequel do to the success and you say that awful comment '' The Black one'' I was a fan of the playlist until this crap also he was awesome in Gran torino with Clint eastwood by the way......Can't wait for warm bodies though book is amazing!

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