If you had a competition for the craziest movie idea you could think of, a zombie comedy starring Bill Murray, the Wu Tang Clan’s RZA, and Selena Gomez would probably rank near the top. It sounds like the start of a “three actors walked into a bar” joke, more or less.
However, if you mixed in a rising star like Adam Driver, you might start making folks in the finance department feel more comfortable. Adding veteran actors like Chloe Sevigny, Donald Glover, and Steve Buscemi would help you build an even stronger case.
Meanwhile, you could point to the success of films like Zombieland, which dealt with the humorous aspects of the undead in a different setting. (You might even argue that Murray, in a hilarious cameo, put that film over the top.)
Once you heard oddball auteur Jim Jarmusch was at the helm, you’d have the makings of a terrific movie. In a nutshell, that’s the case for The Dead Don’t Die, Jarmusch’s zombie comedy headed to theaters this summer.
‘The Dead Don’t Die’ also features Iggy Pop, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Waits.
The cast for Jarmusch’s new movie doesn’t stop there. In what Focus Features claims is “the greatest zombie cast ever assembled,” the film will also feature Tilda Swinton and Rosie Perez along with music legends Iggy Pop and Tom Waits.
For Waits, appearing in a Jarmusch movie is nothing new. The prolific songwriter and recording artist played one of the leads in Down By Law (1986) and also appeared in Coffee and Cigarettes (2003). RZA, another Jarmusch regular, probably didn’t think too hard about taking his role.
A glance at the trailer suggests Jarmusch is in peak form here. Murray, who played the lead in the writer-director’s Broken Flowers (2005), seems right at home again with Jarmusch’s trademark deadpan comedy.
That film made noise at the ’05 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix and received a nod for Palme d’Or. In May, Jarmusch will return to those same stomping grounds with The Dead Don’t Die.
‘Dead Don’t Die’ premieres in May at Cannes and opens in the U.S. in June.
It’s hard to match the kind of buzz you get from a film that wows the crowds in Cannes, where Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction started its triumphant journey in 1994. This year, Tarantino may have a shot at a repeat with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
However, that remains all speculation. Variety reported early this week that The Dead Don’t Die will most certainly kick off the festival on May 14. Exactly one month later (June 14), the movie will make its premiere in U.S. theaters.
By then, we’ll know what the esteemed judges and crowds at Cannes thought and have some reviews from critics in attendance. However, watching Swinton wield a samurai sword and a bearded Waits deliver his peculiar brand of humor should make up the minds of most film fans.
If you like Jarmusch movies, this looks like the vintage kind, making it a must-see to add to the list for June.
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