World War Z has risen from the dead thanks to financing and Star Trek’s 2 release date extended until 2012. With Paramount getting in gear to shoot adaptation of Max Brooks‘novel World War Z, they’re busting their butt to fill out the empty spaces. Brad Pitt is set to play the lead role of a UN researcher investigating a zombie outbreak, while James Badge Dale, recently cast, will play Captain Spake, and Mirielle Enos the wife of Brad Pitt’s character. Now the word on the street is that Matthew Fox, and Ed Harris are talking about being in the film.
So far there is no definite answer on their particular roles, and it has been said for sure that Anthony Mackie will be nowhere on the cameras roll, despite early rumors, since he’ll be shooting Gangster Squad.
Here’s Publishers Weekly’s synopsis of Brooks’ novel, via Amazon:
Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parody The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson’s Fitzpatrick’s War. Brooks tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus.