The ‘Zombieland’ TV show, based off of 2009’s hit zombie comedy by Ruben Fleischer, has finally begun casting as it looks to jump into production this spring. Fans of the movie will remember the quirky cast of the movie lead by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. While these actors won’t be returning, the producers behind the television adaptation are looking to cast similar actors to take over their roles.
Actor Tyler Ross (Nate & Margaret) will be playing Columbus (originally played by Jesse Eisenberg); Maiara Walsh (The Vampire Diaries) will play Wichita, originally played by Emma Stone; and actress Izabela Vidovic (Find Me) is set to play Little Rock, originally played by Abigail Breslin. The only main character not yet cast is Tallahassee, originally played by Woody Harrelson.
The actors for Columbus and Wichita are noticeably younger than the twenty-somethings their characters were portrayed as in the film, leading us to wonder whether or not the show may be aimed for a younger audience.
The film’s original screenplay writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, will be returning to write the show, which is set to air on Amazon’s Prime streaming service (a break from the traditional television network).
For now, we know little about how faithful the television show will remain to the original movie. For those of you unfamiliar with the premise, here’s the synopsis:
A cowardly shut-in named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. As Tallahassee sets out on a mission to find the last Twinkie on Earth, the duo meets up with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two young girls who have resorted to some rather unorthodox methods to survive amidst the chaos. Reluctant partners in the battle against the undead, all four soon begin to wonder if it might be better to simply take their chances alone.
No information has been made available as to when we can expect the new show to hit Amazon Prime, but we’ll keep you updated as more news comes in!