‘World War Z’ trailer: Brad Pitt’s turbulent quest to save humanity

May 31, 2013 | 11:36 a.m.

The new trailer for Brad Pitt’s globe-hopping pandemic thriller “World War Z” plays up the tension of the apocalyptic tale and concludes with scenes from one of the movie’s biggest action set pieces, a zombie outbreak aboard a plane.

Directed by Marc Forster, “World War Z” centers on Pitt’s ex-U.N. investigator Gerry Lane, who races around the world trying to hunt down the origin of the disease that appears likely to wipe out mankind, hoping to find some way to bring humanity back from the brink and save his wife and daughters.

Time is of the essence — it’s pointed out in the trailer that “Life as we know it will come to an end in 90 days.”

Some of the images showcased in the new clip appear familiar — the chaos and confusion of a street scene, Lane and his family gathering courage to make a run for a helicopter offering escape, the swarm-like behavior of the zombies.

But the plane sequence is especially striking. In an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year, Forster explained that the set piece was shot over eight days on a soundstage at England’s Shepperton Studios, with two additional days of second-unit filming. Five actors were cast as passengers who became infected; 22 stunt performers bolstered the ranks of the newly turned zombies.

“You’re mixing real zombies with some of the CG zombies,” Forster said. “You want the real zombies in there, especially for [visual effects supervisor] Scott [Farrar] and his team to match the CG zombies. Some of them blend so well between humans and CG that you really cannot tell the difference anymore.”

Due in theaters June 21, “World War Z” is adapted from Max Brooks’ popular novel; Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the script.

What do you think of the clip? Are you interested in seeing Forster’s take on Brooks’ book? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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40 Responses to ‘World War Z’ trailer: Brad Pitt’s turbulent quest to save humanity

  1. Beal Kouper says:

    Looks like a big waste of time.

    • The Mirror says:

      Yet you took the time to read the article, click, type and submit a comment for something you believe is "a big waste of time" when you could've just bypassed commenting on the story altogether. You know, since it's such a "big waste of time" and all (rolls eyes).

    • ali says:

      Isn't every movie a big waste of time? Just some more so than others

  2. Ron says:

    Wonder if they would have ruined it with the "super" zombies running around if they weren't attempting to go for the summer blockbuster action movie. Could have stuck to the book and kept the Romero zombies and still had plenty of action and trill and still kept up the pace but it seems they took the silly way out. Should have just made it a new IP rather than destroy a great book/movie potential.

    Hoping it will still be a fun "popcorn" movie regardless.

    • WyldRob says:

      i wish i could give this guy 3 thumbs up… i mean really, just compare any Romero "walking" zombie movie to that of any sprinting zombie flick… no comparison at all… its almost stupid. I even enjoy the 70's version of dawn of the dead to the newer version. Its not cleaver or creative to kill off a character with running zombies… it s too damn easy… aka… the silly way out!

  3. jonathan says:

    save yourself 20$ go read the book much better then this piece of crap of a movie

  4. Katherine M says:

    This isn't new today – it's been out a while. Can't news ever, ever be straight with us?

    As a fan of the book I am sensing familiar themes and think this will be terrifying and a great ride. So far all I am seeing are great reports from those who have actually seen the film.

  5. Ruth says:

    Watching this gave me the chills. Might be too scary for me.

  6. Ok says:

    When’s that show z come out

  7. Terry Rocha says:

    This movie is spectacular! Much better than "The Walking Dead" because here you can not tell the zombies from the humans, can not wait for this movie. It shows much more action and visual effects than "The Walking Dead" although I am still a fan of it.

  8. gaylen says:

    Just relax and enjoy the frickn movie.

  9. Jimbo789 says:

    movie looks legit, Im seeing it. Check that cynicism at the door. The book was good and the trailer looks badass. Walking Dead fan, can' help myself

  10. CeeJay says:

    Whoever thought CGI super fast zombies was a good idea needs to be shot. It just looks so incredibly fake and stupid.

  11. Jay jay says:

    I love brad pitt!

  12. guest says:

    I don't think the director read the book at all. These zombies are nothing like what was described in the book, and what happened to the multiple point of views from a wide variety of protagonists? The trailer looks like another "let's glorify Brad Pitt' action vehicle. Thanks for ruining it.

  13. theresa says:

    nothing like the book but willing to see it well can't wait

  14. riah says:

    The people in high places are prepareing us for whats to come in the near future. Their not just showing us movie for nothing. Its a eye opener a scary eye opener.

    • Randy says:

      Oh Riah,
      Everyone knows there is no government plot here. We will all be invaded from outer space by critters who want our planet and have us for dinner, or maybe you believe in Space Nazis,(See movie Iron Skys)

  15. Jmkl says:

    I still think it looks stupid, but I will admit the new trailer looks far better than the one shows during the summer which was five minutes of boredom before (what I was assuming was) James Bond. I don't see this movie being very successful though, but it may make enough to generate a sequel. Other than that, a random wave of attacking, unintelligible looking zombies typically doesn't work very well.

  16. Joe schmoe says:

    It seems as though they have taken the title of a very unique book and stuck it on to a movie with zombies in it.

  17. Manish says:

    I am going to watch this!!!! Looks really interesting and exciting.

  18. rambo says:

    ugh, they couldn't have picked a prettier woman with smaller ears?

  19. HONEYGLO47 says:

    I actually enjoyed the movie, it kept me on edge the entire time, and i love Brad Pitt. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. He really is a great actor.

  20. joe says:

    how did they make brad pitt look like a bad actor?i didnt know that was possible.

  21. Matt says:

    I don't like the looks of it. After reading the book and knowing that it is written as a deep, emotional story/collection of eyewitness accounts both pre-outbreak and the aftermath spanning about 10 years. What I do see here does not resemble anything the book has at all. They are just butchering a great novel. Should've had Peter Jackson do it. At least he sticks to the original story instead of completely re-writing a classic into an unrecognizable POS.

  22. lisa says:

    I’m going to get the book today…and I cant WAIT to see the movie! Looks incredible. I do have problems with fast zombies however. ..just like sparkling vampires. ..but what are you going to do?

  23. Liam Pett says:

    Zombies with tactics and brains?

  24. john boyle says:

    the trouble with referring to a book with all its depth and comparing it to a film is just plain madness as with all book adaptions if you put everything from the book into a film the film would be so long and drawn out that people would fall asleep as human attention span in a movie theatre is at best 3 hours and yet again critics would have a field day. I would say to critics unless you can make a movie true to a book in its entirety and get an audience to watch a marathon movie and understand without falling asleep good luck

  25. Jbratt says:

    Please read quote #13 from riah, i believe this is an accurate statement. Go to you tube and look up fema camps. We have a scary future ahead of us.

  26. Bibi Davis says:

    I can't think of anything more terrifying to our narcissistic culture focused on youth and security than to end up walking around looking like monsters eating one another. The money spent on this film about an impending made up disaster could have gone a long way to treating the real ones out there. The waste is jaw-dropping.

  27. ms. bass says:

    The comments i have read prove that some people just don’t get it. There is a difference between entertainent and charity, dont compare or suggest that money used to make a movie should be used for charitable sourcessources, that’s just plain stupid. I am looking forward for the thrill of this movie and I am a die hard fan of Brad Pitt….much success!!

  28. Mike says:

    I enjoyed the book and want to see the movie. Folks are judging the film without seeing it. Has it occurred to anyone that we will see the events recorded in the book play out in real time rather than seeing them narrated? I'm just guessing but perhaps we'll recognize the different vignettes as they occur.

  29. 123M says:

    Okay what's with the Brad Pitt look? Here is a good looking guy that makes himself look like a hermit and/or homeless person. I have nothing against the above but I don't think this look is working for the movie. If he were void of soap/b.r.facilities before the zombie "event",well,o.k. My attention instead was focused on his scrounge look, but not about a hero in a movie fighting against zombies when he looks like one. Sorry about that Brad.

  30. james good says:

    most people will have never read the book of the title had it NOT been for the making of this movie. Movies and books are different by their very nature….90 percent of people who see this movie will NEVER read the book. I will go see this and the only good zombie movie I have ever seen was 28 days and sequel. People treat zombies like they are santa and you must not put santa in a blue suit,right?

  31. dabrown says:

    Im pretty sure the actress that plays Brad's wife was hand picked by Angelina Jolie. There will be no sequel to "Mr and Mrs Smith!"

  32. Jewlz says:

    Brad Pitt:zombie killer. Bahaha! Trying to imagine any "serious" actors demeaning themselves to pull in a paycheck for a zombie movie. Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood. Mmmm, nope!

  33. I still think it looks stupid, but I will admit the new trailer looks far better than the one shows during the summer which was five minutes of boredom before (what I was assuming was) James Bond. I don't see this movie being very successful though, but it may make enough to generate a sequel. Other than that, a random wave of attacking, unintelligible looking zombies typically doesn't work very well.

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