Today's Hot Trailer: Zombies Find a Heart in Warm Bodies
11.12.12 by Ryan
You know the old story: a guy dies, becomes a zombie, falls in love.
After taking a back seat to vampires for the past half-decade, it's a particularly good time to be a zombie these days. With AMC's The Walking Dead continuing to have huge ratings in its third season, the first trailer for zombie apocalypse epic World War Z arrived this week, and could deliver a hit for Paramount if audiences flock to see Brad Pitt destroy a literal wave of zombies. World War Z won't be the only zombie movie in 2013 — Warm Bodies will actually come first, bringing a more comedic, as well as romantic, look at the risen dead.
With Twilight wrapping up the franchise later this month, anyone looking to get their romance-with-the-undead fix next year will need to turn to Warm Bodies, which follows Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as R, a zombie who suddenly develops feelings for a human woman named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and starts to recall his more human qualities. How much romance will be included is unknown, though the fact that zombies are typically more decayed than vampires isn't lost on writer-director Jonathan Levine, who fills the trailer with a self-aware sense of humor that pokes fun at some zombie movie tropes.
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Here's the synopsis:
A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human — setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
Just how romantic Warm Bodies gets is a question the trailer doesn't answer, though, last month, Palmer offered a description of the movie — and Julie and R's relationship — to Moviehole.
He captures Julie (my character) and takes her back to his abandoned plane full of interesting trinkets and Frank Sinatra records; she instantly realizes that everything she thought she knew about zombies was different. They strike up a friendship and an unlikely romantic connection and through their love the zombies start to heal themselves becoming more human again. It’s full of adventure, humor, drama and so much heart. It’s a really quirky, fun, exciting ride of a movie.
Audiences will find out if Palmer is right next February. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies co-stars John Malkovich as Julie's father, a military general bent on destroying zombies; Analeigh Tipton as Julie's friend Nora; Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) as Perry; and Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) as R's zombie friend M.