First Look at Nicholas Hoult as a Zombie in Warm Bodies
01.10.12 by Ryan
Production reportedly began last September on writer-director Jonathan Levine's adaptation of Warm Bodies, the novel by Isaac Marion about an existentially-tormented zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult, X-Men: First Class) who falls for a human girl (Teresa Palmer, I Am Number Four) after eating the brain of her boyfriend and absorbing his memories.
Warm Bodies boasts an impressive cast, including Academy Award–nominated actor John Malkovich as Palmer's father and a military general bent on destroying zombies, Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) as R's zombie friend M, and Dave Franco (Charlie St. Cloud, the upcoming 21 Jump Street) as the leader of the human resistance, but only Hoult appears in the movie's first image, revealed by Collider.
Here's the movie synopsis:
Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.
One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her — first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys — R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft. Julie is terrified, and R’s grunted assurances of "Not... eat" do little to calm her. But when R begins to act more human than Zombie, coming to her defense, refusing to eat human flesh, and even speaking in full sentences, Julie realizes that R is special.
After a few close calls with the Boneys, and with her father mounting an armed search for her, Julie realizes she can’t hide forever. So she sneaks back home, leaving R broken-hearted. Desperate to see her, R decides to comb his hair, stand a little straighter, and impersonate a human long enough to get past the city guards. If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change, maybe R and Julie’s love might stand a chance. But with the rampaging Boneys heading toward the city and Julie’s father intent on killing R and his Zombie friends, the stage is set for an all-out battle between the living and the undead.
A genre-bending tale of love and transformation, Warm Bodies is a story about a boy who loves a girl... for more than just her body.