Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock are back and expanding their dysfunctional family in the first trailer for “Zombieland: Double Tap.”
The trailer for Sony’s sequel to the 2009 raucous horror-comedy “Zombieland” shows Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), Emma Stone (Wichita) and Abigail Breslin (Little Rock) still together and struggling to make their way in a world now overrun with zombies — and with new characters who seem remarkably familiar.
“Welcome to Zombieland. Life is about more than just survival,” Eisenberg’s character Columbus says in a voiceover. “We were a family — dysfunctional, sure, but what family isn’t?”
From the looks of it, their dysfunctional family isn’t doing too bad for themselves: killing zombies like pros, finding time to celebrate Christmas and even living in the White House. That is, until Little Rock abandons them to go off on her own, picking up… a hippie, and our favorite zombie-killing group is introduced to new survivors as they set out on the road.
“I have nothing against hippies, I just want to beat the s— out of them,” Tallahassee says.
Zoey Deutch — who broke out in Netflix’s rom-com “Set It Up” last year — joins the cast as bubbly blonde, Madison, along with Rosario Dawson, and Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch, who appear in the trailer as mirrors to Eisenberg and Harrelson’s neurotic and grizzled characters respectively.
And Avian Jogia (“Shaft”) joins the cast as the weed-smoking hippie, Berkeley.
The film is expected to hit theaters Oct. 11, 2019.
“Zombieland: Double Tap” looks to double down on the irreverence, slap-sticky horror-comedy of the first film, which grossed $102.4 million worldwide at the box office on a production budget of $23.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
The sequel was written by the team behind the first one: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, as well as franchise newcomer Dave Callaham (“Wonder Woman 1984”). Through comic mayhem stretching from the White House through the heartland, this makeshift family now must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, dysfunctional family.
Ruben Fleischer, who directed the first film, returned to the director’s chair, after helming another big blockbuster for Sony — the Tom Hardy-led “Venom.”
Gavin Polone returned as producer, with Reese and Wernick serving as executive producers.
Watch the trailer for “Zombieland: Double Tap” above.