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John Malkovich Joining Jonathan Levine’s ‘Warm Bodies’

Written by on September 8, 2011 

How do you not love John Malkovich? Not only does the talented, imposing actor have a rather diverse filmography to his name, but he can even poke fun at his own image. Maybe it’s because something about him just comes across as funny; either way, he’s one of the best. So, you can peg me as interested in the news from Variety, which says that he’s about to sign on for Jonathan Levine‘s Warm Bodies.

The 50/50 director is adapting Isaac Marion‘s novel that centers on “an existentially tormented zombie named ‘R’ who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims.” This action “starts a chain reaction that will transform him, his fellow zombies, and maybe the whole undead world.” R is set to be played by Nicholas Hoult, the girlfriend by Teresa Palmer, while Rob Corddry has the role of M, who’s described as being “the only other zombie like him… at first.”

Malkovich is reportedly in final talks to portray “General Grigio, who’s obsessed with the destruction of the zombie threat.” Personally speaking, him as a general sounds perfect to me. He already commands the screen through his sheer talent, coming off like a force of nature; leading an army should be a cinch for him.

Levine recently talked about the film, saying that it would go against the zombie grain by being PG-13. Acknowledging that some may be unhappy about this, he justified the choice by explaining that it’s “a romance at its heart,” with there being a desire “to push the boundaries of the genre.” Simply put, he’s not interested in “seeing people’s heads explode and stuff like that.” Considering that zombies are one of the most tired horror staples out there (perhaps the most tired), anything new that can be done with them is fine by me. And, when you have John Malkovich in tow, then I really care.

Are you a Malkovich fan? Are you interested in seeing him in a zombie film?

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