Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the debut trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap.
The film is the long-awaited sequel to 2009’s Zombieland. Director Ruben Fleischer, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin will all be returning, and the trailer derives great joy from pointing out that its four leads have eight Academy Award nominations and one win between them.
Zombieland: Double Tap sees Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock heading to Washington D.C. to blow the locals’ undead brains out and live large in the White House, an abode only slightly less dignified than their last hideout, Bill Murray’s Beverly Hills mansion. Things go swimmingly until Little Rock, now in her twenties but still being treated like a kid, absconds with basically a drug-dealing hippie, the traditional power move of college-age people who don’t feel respected by their families (even when those families are improvised bands of apocalypse survivors).
The whole zombie apocalypse thing doesn’t appear to have had as devastating an effect on the population as one might expect, in fact. New characters pop up left and right in the trailer, some of them played by heavies like Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, and Thomas Middleditch, which is a departure from the very lean cast of the original film. A rumor from last year also suggests that Fleischer hasn’t lost his panache for high-profile cameos. Don’t follow the link if you enjoy surprises.
Zombieland: Double Tap comes out Oct. 18, 2019, about two weeks after the 10-year anniversary of the original film.