Dave Bautista Joins Zack Snyder’s Zombie Film ‘Army of the Dead’

Shay Hatten and Snyder wrote the script

Dave Bautista
Getty Images

Dave Bautista has closed a deal to star in Zack Snyder’s zombie film “Army of the Dead” for Netflix, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Snyder and Shay Hatten wrote the script for the project, which follows a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and a man assembling a group of mercenaries to pull off the greatest heist.

Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder are producing, with Ori Marmur and Andrew Norman overseeing for Netflix.

Bautista has a jam-packed schedule. He will next be seen as Drax in “Avengers: Endgame,” as well as opposite Kumail Nanjiani in “Stuber.” He is also attached to “Escape Plan: The Extractors,” “My Spy” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” and is likely to reprise his role of Drax in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”

“Army of the Dead” is expected to film later this year, with Gunn shooting “The Suicide Squad” in September before he starts production on “Guardians 3” — so Bautista has plenty of time to wrap up Snyder’s heist film before returning to Drax.

His other recent credits include “Hotel Artemis,” “Escape Plan 2: Hades,” “Final Score” and “Blade Runner 2049.”

Bautista is represented by CAA, Kovert Creative and DMBV.

Deadline first reported the news.