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Ed Harris and Matthew Fox Are Also Joining the Cast of 'World War Z'

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June 14, 2011
Source: Bloody Disgusting, Deadline

Ed Harris / World War Z / Matthew Fox

Just yesterday we learned that "The Pacific" star James Badge Dale would be joining the growing cast of the adaptation of Max Brooks' novel World War Z. Director Marc Forster is directing the feature film take on the post-zombie-apocalyptic story which sees Brad Pitt as a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission learning as much as he can about the zombie epidemic ten years later. Now Bloody Disgusting reports "Lost" star Matthew Fox has signed on to take a role in the film as well. However, it's not clear how substantial his role will be since his character is simply referred to as "Parajumper." So that's interesting.

In addition, Deadline also reports Ed Harris has joined the film, but his role hasn't been disclosed. Since I haven't read the book, I can't speak as to what Fox's role might entail, but it's surely part of what will likely be a series of flashbacks showing the zombie epidemic unfold. The book follows the U.N. researcher conducting interviews to find out about the zombie outbreak, but it's still unclear how the story will be presented on screen. This new casting doesn't really help clear things up either. Anyway, with as many zombie films that have hit the big screen, this cast certainly gets my attention for another one. How about you?

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  • James
    Fox is probably a soldier being interviewed by Brad Pitt' character that survived the 'Battle of Yonkers', which in the book is a suicidal defense of Yonkers, New York by the U.S. military. 
  • Anonymous
    Fox might also be apart of the special foces alpha teams that were dropped into communties that were surrounded. I dont think there was a interview with any of those team memebrs in the book. but just mentions. I still fear that this movie will be a let down to the book fans. I posted yesterday, that this book would work in a Band of Brothers style epic. Ed harris could  be any number of political characters that are in the book.  
  • Nick S.
    watch out zombie fans.
  • PJ
    I would love to start seeing some more international casting taking place. Like someone who can play a blind man, or Japanese 20 something that looks like a computer nerd, or some South Africans (Sharlto Copley for Reddiker anyone?) or an older Chinese man who could play a stoic submarine captain or a doctor... etc. While I am stoked that the movie is being made, I agree that it would be much better served as a mini-series ala Band of Brothers. I really hope they don't mess this one up.
    • Anonymous
      I agree, there is a need for international casting news for this movie
    • I think that sharlto Copley it's too young  for that role, it must be someone older. For the japonese blind-man i would love to see in the role ken wattanabe but don't fit the age of the book character... I don't even know if these gonna work as a movie, i have my doubt's...
      • Stevebeer60
        Is the old guy from original Karate Kid still with the living? Mr Wax ON Wax Off would be about the right age too.
    • Stevebeer60
      And Sam Worthington as the Zombies - all of them
  • Anonymous
    I really dont know how this movie can be 2 hours long. Even if you go bye the abriged audio version that takes out a quarter or more of the book. Three part movie could work, but I dont think it is feasible. Daniel Craig comes to mine for Reddikers role.
    • Anonymous
      Good point, itlstal...I did like the audiobook, though, even though some of the material was cut out (but they still kept, "They can suck Bastisa's b***s in hell!"!). The movie might be over 2 hours, and there will be stuff cut, but I'm expecting it.  Just remember though, that even if the movie isn't 100% faithful to the book....that's been the case for a lot of novels-to-movies adaptations.  And the book will still be around.  Heck, the movie might encourage MORE people to read the book--which won't be a bad thing, since I think the book is one of the best books I've ever read.
  • Harm
    as much as I loathed the book - I'm honestly stoked over the chance to see the India scenes - just their sheer scope and scale makes me excited.  Lets see some Indian casting yes please!
  • Jtotmenta
    No the character is the female (I forget her name in the book) who's air transport crashes and she parachutes into the Louisiana swamp. That's my best guess! 
    • JL
      I'd say that Fox probably plays a part of her crew who gets killed in the crash, maybe the one who 'chutes down but gets stuck in the tree and mobbed by Zeds.
  • God I hope this is taken seriously. I'd hate to see World War Z ruined. A 2+ hour film would be awesome!
  • Xerxexx
    Good to see Fox again. Hey Alex/Anderton whatever happened to "Billy Smoke"?
  • Anonymous
    Im wonderung what female you are talking about Jtot, i know the character you are describing bit what actress?
  • Mark_baker80
    read world war z
  • Limey711
    They are in Malta now, filming.

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