A couple weeks ago we reported that while a film sequel to the cult hit ‘Zombieland’ may not be in the works, Amazon was in the process of developing a series based on the film and was already looking to cast the project. Well, it seems they have found two of their four leads as they have signed Tyler Ross (‘Milkshake’) and Izabela Vidovic.
Ross will be taking the role of Columbus, the character that was initially played by Jesse Eisenberg (‘The Social Network’). In the casting character breakdown, the role was described as “ much the same, except that he tracks down his grandma and grandpa (Bubbie and Peepaw) only to find them recently zombiefied… Columbus is trying to deal with his newfound relationship with Wichita, after their first kiss. He has started calling her “Krista,” her real name — but there are some problems, especially after she finds him reading a book about fatherhood. He tries to organize a romantic scavenger hunt for her in the IKEA they’re camping out in, but it goes kind of horribly.”
As for Vidovic, she’ll be taken on the role of Little Rock, a role that was originally played by Abigail Breslin (‘Enders Game’). In the series, Little Rock “seems actually kind of excited about meeting Columbus’ grandparents, before they turn out to be zombies. And she shares some of her own backstory, about how her dad parked her at a school while he went off grifting on his own — and then yanked her out of school right before a dance that she was looking forward to.”
The movie, ‘Zombieland,’ centered on the story of Columbus who is trying to reach his family after a zombie outbreak and meets Tallahassee, a gun-toting tough guy trying to reach Florida while on a quest to find a Twinkie. They encounter two sisters, Wichita and Little Rock, who are hoping to get to a zombie-free amusement park. The four agree to travel together though zombie filled America.
Amazon’s ‘Zombieland’ series will be a continuation of the film with the four characters banding together through their travels. Each episode will be 30 minutes long and with the original screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, having written the pilot episode and also executive producing the project, fans can be assured that the original tone and concept of the film will be kept in this series.
Now that Columbus and Little Rock have been cast, who do you think would make a good Tallahassee and Witchita? Wonder if Woody Harrelson is available to reprise his role…?