The zombie genre gets a solemn look in the first trailer for “Maggie,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming thriller in which he portrays a working class father trying to protect his infected daughter. Due this year from Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, the film also stars Abigail Breslin as a teenage girl slowly descending into zombie madness.
It’s the “most human” zombie film ever made, boasts its male lead, who also has a production credit on the film. Schwarzenegger posted the trailer to Facebook this morning.
It certainly appears grim, and though there are hints of action in the teaser, “Maggie” is centered on what appears to be a rather emotional father-daughter story. Zombie genre staples, such as quarantine zones, make an appearance, and we get a brief shot of Breslin’s gruesome, undead makeover (“she’s probably going to show more signs of aggression, and hunger,” a doctor warns Schwarzenegger), but the spare piano notes make it clear “Maggie” is rather serious in tone.
The film marks the directorial debut of title designer Henry Hobson and was written by John Scott 3. The world of “Maggie” is one that’s clearly ravaged by the zombie pandemic, but it’s not full-on post-apocalyptic, as there are hints at a cure and signs that society is trying to find a way to survive.
“I’m really proud of my new film, ‘Maggie,'”Schwarzenegger wrote in sharing the film on Facebook. “This is the most human zombie film you’ve ever seen, and it’s the most human role you’ve ever seen me take on. My co-star, Abigail Breslin, is absolutely incredible in the title role, and our director, Henry Hobson, made a beautiful film.”
The film is scheduled to be released in theaters and on-demand May 8.
Schwarzenegger will also return this summer in “Terminator Genisys,” which is slated to open in theaters July 1, with Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons rounding out the cast.
— Todd Martens| @LATherocomplex
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