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Matthew Fox, Ed Harris Drawn Into Post-Apocalyptic World War Z

After a brief financing setback, director Marc Forster’s adaptation Max Brooks’ bestselling zombie novel World War Z is rapidly taking shape. The film, which already boasted Brad Pitt and The Killing star Mireille Enos, just added Rubicon‘s James Badge Dale. And now, Deadline reports, Matthew Fox and Ed Harris are in talks to join the cast.

Published in 2006, World War Z uses first-hand accounts of survivors to chronicle a worldwide zombie plague that threatened to wipe out civilization. The novel was optioned in 2007 by Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, with an initial screenplay by initial screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski. A rewrite by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) is thought to preserve the oral-history elements of Brooks’ novel and the original script, with Pitt playing a researcher with the U.N. Postwar Commission who interviews survivors a decade after the zombie pandemic.

Fox, the star of ABC’s Lost, wrapped up a run this month in the play In a Forest, Dark and Deep in London’s West End. He’s also set to take a turn as a serial killer opposite Tyler Perry in I, Alex Cross. Harris, a four-time Oscar nominee, recently appeared in the thriller Man on a Ledge, and will next play Sen. John McCain in Game Change.

Paramount Pictures’ $125-million World War Z begins production this month.


  • Daniel

    I think Pitt in the role of the journalist/commission researcher maybe a miscast, I think Fox is actually better for the role and Pitt should maybe take on one of the lesser roles or stay behind the camera.  Although a great part for Pitt would be the former Vice President character, which would be a good complex departure from the normal central protagonist Pitt is always cast in.  

  • Scarletspeed7

    I would really like to see Alan Alda as the DistRes guy, Rob Reiner as the Veep and Mark Hamill as the soldier from Yonkers.

  • Szinyk

    I certainly hope they keep the international theme of the book and don’t just feature white american males.