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Matthew Fox & Ed Harris Gear Up For 'World War Z'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 14, 2011 6:30 AM
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With filming set to begin very soon in London and Scotland (where Glasgow will double as Philadelphia for some reason), "World War Z" is beginning to get the final pieces of casting into place, once again mixing up television stars with movie actors.

Deadline reports that Matthew Fox, who spent six seasons squinting and grimacing on "Lost," and Ed Harris, who could make instructions on how to make canned soup utterly compelling, are in talks to join the film. Set to be directed by Marc Forster, the Black List-approved story by J. Michael Straczynski (with rewrites by Matthew Michael Carnahan) is set in the aftermath of an undead apocalypse which has wiped out much of the world’s population, and sees Brad Pitt playing a U.N. researcher investigating the outbreak. The duo join "Rubicon" star James Badge Dale as Captain Spake, a U.S. soldier who attempted to warn his superiors of the coming threat to no avail, and "The Killing" star Mirielle Enos as Pitt's wife. French actor Julia Levy-Boeken has also come aboard the film but no word on the roles the trio will slot.

It's certainly a promising cast (though we'd take Anthony Mackie -- who was courted -- over Matthew Fox any day of the week) but we're still unsure if Forster is the guy to deliver the goods. Guess we'll find out soon enough.

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  • Edward Davis | June 15, 2011 2:46 AMReply

    Yeah, but you love Ryan Gosling like plants love rainwater. Ah well, we forgive you.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | June 15, 2011 1:24 AMReply

    I really like "Stranger Than Fiction" :\

  • The Playlist | June 14, 2011 11:23 AMReply

    Forster's best movie to date is still "Monster's Ball." His runner up might have been "The Kite Runner" if it didn't fold hard in it's third act.

    "Stranger Than Fiction" is a pretty mediocre movie that people seem to love for some reason.

  • Mike | June 14, 2011 11:15 AMReply

    Great casting so far. Also, all of Forster's films are completely different from one another, you don't what to expect from him, so why not just give him the benefit of the doubt? Most of his films are quite underrated.

  • hmm | June 14, 2011 8:24 AMReply

    Foster is clearly the wrong guy for this. Expect shaky shit in the Battle of Yonkers as well

  • hal | June 14, 2011 7:51 AMReply

    We're totally sure that guy who directed Zombieland and another unreleased comedy has "the goods" to tackle a period gangster film, but we're not sold on a guy with a much longer filmography tacking "World War Z."

    Makes total sense!

    I guess it must be taken into account one film as one mancrush (GOSLING) while the other has apparently shunned another (MACKIE)

  • BuntyHoven | June 14, 2011 7:30 AMReply


    Fox is great fun. Totally committed performances every time, even if it does mean he spends most of the show on the verge of tears.

  • Annie | June 14, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    Your sources are terrible. WWZ starts filming this week in Malta, first in Valletta and then in the 3 cities for a month. Then it moves to the UK and later to Hungary in the fall. Love Ed Harris and glad to see Fox in films.

  • Abner | June 14, 2011 7:03 AMReply

    He was on a south pacific island without any sunglasses??

  • Kevin Jagernauth | June 14, 2011 7:01 AMReply

    Yes, I could be more pretentious.

  • j.j. | June 14, 2011 7:00 AMReply

    "Matthew Fox, who spent six seasons squinting and grimacing on 'Lost'..."

    Jesus Christ could you be any more pretentious?

  • hal | June 14, 2011 6:50 AMReply

    "we’re still unsure if Forster is the guy to deliver the goods."

    Jesus Christ could you be any more pretentious?

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