Dave Franco leads trio of new actors joining “Warm Bodies” starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer


September 9, 2011 | Posted By In Casting | 663 Views



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Summit Entertainment continues to build an impressive cast for its existential zombie love story “Warm Bodies”, as Variety reports Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and Cory Hardrict have joined the cast in strong supporting roles. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer headline the pic and John Malkovich is negotiating to play the film’s main villain.

Hoult plays R, a formerly emotionless zombie who begins to feel feelings after consuming the brain of Perry Kelvin (to be played by Franco), a young member of the human resistance hiding and fighting off the zombie apocalypse. Kelvin gets inside R’s head, flooding him with memories and emotions and he begins to feel protective of Kelvin’s still human girlfriend, Julie, played by Palmer. Julie and R begin an unlikely friendship that proves to have transformative consequences for both human and zombiekind. Rob Corddry is on board as R’s zombie best friend M, while Tipton will play Julie’s human best friend Nora. Malkovich’s stern human army leader General Grigio also happens to be Julie’s father, while Hardrict will play Kevin, his right hand man. Jonathan Levine will direct the film, set to get underway in Montreal shortly.

Franco, James’ little brother, has had a string of 2nd-male-lead roles in the past few months, twice opposite Anton Yelchin, in “Fright Night” and the currently filming “Odd Thomas”. He also wrapped up the villain role in Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s “21 Jump Street” reboot. Tipton, a runner-up on “America’s Next Top Model”, has been having a lot of success transitioning from modeling to acting, with roles recently in “The Green Hornet” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Hardrict, who may be familiar to audiences now as Tia Mowrey’s real life husband as they star in their own reality show “Tia & Tamera”, was most recently seen on the big screen in “Battle Los Angeles.”


 
 

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