Thomas Middleditch
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Thomas Middleditch has joined the cast of ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’, the long-awaited sequel to the 2009 cult favorite.  He joins Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, and Avan Jogia, as newcomers.  Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone, who starred in the original, return, along with Bill Murray, who is rumored to be making another cameo in the sequel.  Reportedly, Dan Aykroyd will join him.  Ruben Fleischer is back to direct, with a script by Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick.  ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ began filming in January.

The sequel will reportedly feature the four main characters– Columbus (Eisenberg), Little Rock (Breslin), Tallahasse (Harrelson), and Wichita (Stone)– journeying into the American heartland and encountering new, evolved zombies and other survivors.

Middleditch’s role was not announced.  The actor may best be known for playing Richard Hendricks on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’, which earned him an Emmy nomination.  He was most recently seen (not by many) in the Keanu Reeves sci-fi bomb ‘Replicas, and last year in the comedy ‘Tag’.  He also pops up on ‘Drunk History’ on occasion, and his voice was heard on ‘Bob’s Burgers’, and the Canadian animated movie ‘Henchmen’, which also included Dawson.  He will be seen on the big screen again in ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’, which opens on May 31.

Fleischer is coming off the success of last fall’s ‘Venom’, and following ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’, will direct Chris Evans in ‘Jekyll’.  Callaham created and wrote the Amazon series ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’, and contributed to the script for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.  He is attached to pen the screenplays for the sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, and Marvel Studios’ ‘Shang-Chi’.  Reese and Wernick wrote the original ‘Zombieland’ and the pilot for a TV series, which was not ordered by Amazon, as well as ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’.  They are attached to reboot Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise and to pen ‘Clue’, based on the board game.

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ will be released on October 11, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of the first movie.

Source: Variety