James Badge Dale Also Joining the Cast of 'World War Z' Adaptation

June 13, 2011
Source: Variety

James Badge Dale / World War Z

The actor has had some great turns on TV with series like "Rubicon" and HBO's phenomenal miniseries "The Pacific," but now James Badge Dale is enlisting in a different kind of war. Variety reports the actor is currently negotiating to take a role in the adaptation of Max Brooks's novel World War Z, the story of a researcher (Brad Pitt) for the U.N. Postwar Commission learning about a global zombie epidemic ten years after the event. Dale will play an American soldier who tries to alert authorities that the zombie threat is real. Considering the source material, it's not entirely clear how the story will unfold on screen. Read on!

The story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat is told in a series of first-person accounts as told to a researcher for the UN Postwar Commission interviewing survivors in countries that were decimated by zombies. It sounds like Dale's character would likely appear in a flashback of some sort as Pitt's character learns as much as he can about the undead epidemic. Of course, the story could be drastically different from the book considering, Pitt's character's wife is supposed to be involved somehow with "The Killing" star Mireille Enos already taking the role. Honestly, I'm just glad the project was able to survive after nearly dying out a little while back. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Brad Pitt in a project like this and Dale's addition to the cast certainly doesn't hurt. Sound good?

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  • Jordan
    The book is my favourite take on Zombies I've come across. It's so well done. The only bitch is that they'll never be able to realize so much of the story as that would require LotR style epic... which they should do. 
  • WB Exec
    Can anyone else recomment any other books based in a Zombie premise. I do enjoy reading them. Much appreciated. Yeah something tells me this movie will be vastly different from the book.
    • Book called "Feed" is good and I'm reading, which for the price ain't bad, a book called Day by Day: Armageddon which is a journal based zombie book. It's fun but I just got the sequel to Feed in called Deadline so I'll read that next. Feed was really good though.
      • SA1NT
        Feed is a great book that is the first in a trilogy by that author. Although calling the adventurous people Irwins was slightly wrong, that book is an interesting take on the zombie premise as a virus.
    • A Villa88
      The Rising by Brian Keene and the sequel The city of the dead. Great Books.
  • Groov
    I'm starting to get nervous about this adaptation...
  • Anonymous
    The only thing I remember from the book that sounds kinda close to this, is the story of the canadian special forces guy, that ran into the zombies in Afghanistan. Know one believed him, and his story was chalked up as PTSD.....The only way to make fans of the book, happy would make the adaptation in the style of Band of Brothers.
  • Anonymous
    More zombies? This genre had become a zombie itself.




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