The universe of Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is going to expand with a whole new prequel picture that focuses on a more straightforward heist plot rather than zombie creatures. When the Army of Thieves teaser debuted last month, many people were surprised by how few zombies appear in the film, but executive producer Snyder defended the shift in tone.
The Justice League director revealed in an interview with RadioTimes.com and other media that he doesn’t want his newest franchise attempt to feel constrained into doing just one thing. He explained, “I thought that was natural to the plot and natural to Matthias’s character, and frankly to our preconceived assumptions about it being more of a genre-busting franchise than necessarily a zombie movie straight out of the box.”
“I’m a huge fan of the genre, and one of my favorite things to do is deconstruct it.” “I felt like this type of heist romantic comedy was another fantastic trope-filled realm that we wanted to dive into.” The only returning Army of the Dead ensemble member is German actor Matthias Schweighöfer. The latter reprises his fan-favorite role as quirky safecracker Ludwig Dieter in the operation that made him a legend.
In an action-packed thriller that trades zombie-infested Las Vegas for less apocalyptic surroundings in central Europe, he’ll be accompanied by a supporting cast that includes Fast & Furious star Nathalie Emmanuel and Taskmaster competitor Guz Khan.
Read on to learn all you need to know about Netflix’s Army of Thieves, including the release date, cast, trailer, and how it relates to Army of the Dead.
The Release Date for the Army of Thieves Has Been Set
CONFIRMED: From Friday, October 29th, 2021, Army of Thieves will be available to stream on Netflix, making it an excellent pick for your Halloween screening party this year. Netflix has planned two Army of the Dead spin-offs based on their faith in the original film, the first of which is Army of Thieves, which will be released in 2022 before the animated prequel Lost Vegas.
Unlike the previous film, Army of Thieves was shot during the epidemic, with executive producer Zack Snyder tweeting in December 2020 that production was completed.
The Cast of Army of Thieves
Matthias Schweighöfer reprises his role as quirky safecracker Ludwig Dieter in this sequel, which he first played in Zack Snyder’s action-packed film earlier this year. He leads another ensemble heist group, including recruiter Gwendoline, played by Nathalie Emmanuel. She rose to fame with appearances in Hollyoaks, Game of Thrones, The Maze Runner, and Fast & Furious.
Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen), a two-time BAFTA nominee, will portray getaway driver Rolph in the Army of Thieves, with Stuart Martin (Miss Scarlet and the Duke) also expected to appear. Army of Thieves, like the zombie film before it, features a multinational ensemble that includes Ruby O Fee of Costa Rica, Jonathan Cohen of France, Peter Simonischek of Austria, and French-Japanese filmmaker Noemie Nakai.
Is Army of Thieves the Next Installment in the Army of the Dead Series?
Army of Thieves is a prequel to Zack Snyder’s zombie blockbuster, set many years before the events of that film, in the early days of America’s struggle against the undead.
According to Snyder, the Army of Thieves will have “more safes and fewer zombies,” who promises “more safes and fewer zombies” in the sequel to Army of the Dead. Matthias Schweighöfer not only played the protagonist but also directed the picture, which was written by Snyder and his Army of the Dead co-writer Shay Hatten.
“I was ecstatic since it relates Ludwig Dieter’s tale before the Army of the Dead movie,” Schweighöfer told RadioTimes.com and other media. “So it’ll be a massive heist film with massive, massive, massive heist stuff you’ve never seen before.” He went on to say: “It’s a massive box office hit that’s also a lot of fun. That’s all I have to say about it. And it’ll be interesting to see how it ties into Zack’s zombie world, but we’re all extremely thrilled, and this is just the beginning of a huge universe.”
Apart from Schweighöfer, no additional Army of the Dead stars are likely to feature in Army of Thieves, but a surprise post-credits sting isn’t out of the question. If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for the film, check out how Army of Thieves ties to Army of the Dead or read our Army of Thieves review.
The first teaser trailer for Army of Thieves was released by Netflix in July 2021, returning us to the mischievous Ludwig Dieter as he crosses paths with an all-new cast of people. Take a look at the video below. Two months later, in September, a full-length trailer was released, giving us a clearer understanding of the Army of Thieves narrative but also stunning viewers with its absence of zombies. Take a look at the video below. Army of Thieves will be available on Netflix soon. Army of Thieves will be available on Netflix soon. While you wait, browse our film coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.