Arthouse legend Jim Jarmusch is having a stab at the crowded zombie genre with his star-studded new comedy, The Dead Don’t Die – and the first trailer is here.
For his first dramatic feature film since 2016’s Patterson, the respected writer-director – one of the godfathers of US indie cinema – is serving us some big names, big laughs and, from the look of the trailer, lots of flesh-eating, zombie-decapitating carnage.
Set in a small American town faced with an invasion of the undead, the film looks set to bring Jarmusch’s trademark deadpan humor and quirky characters to one of cinema’s most well-trodden sub-genres – much as he did with vampires in 2014’s offbeat romance Only Lovers Left Alive.
He’s assembled a hell of a cast, too, including previous collaborators Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits and The RZA. Danny Glover, Selena Gomez, and Caleb Landry Jones also star.
The Dead Don’t Die Trailer
You can watch the trailer below…
We get the feeling that Jarmusch and co are having tons of fun here. And with highlights including Swinton’s katana-wielding mortician (“I’m quite confident about my ability to defend myself against the undead”) and a zombified Iggy Pop (whose band, The Stooges, were the subject of Jarmusch’s 2016 documentary Gimme Danger), it looks like everyone’s tongues are firmly in their cheeks on this one.
The Dead Don’t Die Release Date
The Dead Don’t Die opens on June 14.