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Not just on Netflix, ‘Army of the Dead’ to be previewed in select theatres

The zombie heist flick is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder.

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MUMBAI: Netflix's latest movie Army of the Dead, directed by Zack Snyder, will have its preview in select theatres before it gets streamed on the OTT platform on 21 May 2021. Even though the streaming giant has not made an official announcement, media reports state that Netflix has decided to screen the movie in a limited number of theatres. 

However, considering the progress of the Covid2019 pandemic in India, it is still unclear whether these plans will materialise. Due to the second wave of infections ripping through the country, cinema halls have been directed to function at 30 per cent occupancy. 

Army of the Dead marks Zack Snyder's second outing in the zombie genre. The Justice League director made his debut in 2004 with the cult zombie film Dawn of the Dead. Expectations surrounding Army of the Dead have already reached sky high, with Forbes stating in a recent report that the $90 million-budgeted, R-rated zombie heist film may determine the future of Netflix releases in theatres post the pandemic.

Army of the Dead will narrate the story of a mercenary team who plot a heist on a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. The film stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo and Garret Dillahunt in lead roles. Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi will also be seen essaying a pivotal role. 

Snyder's previous release was Zack Snyder's Justice League, the director’s cut version of the 2017 superhero flick. The film, upon its screening on HBO Max, received positive responses from audiences and critics. In India, the Snyder cut premiered on BookMyShow Stream, the company’s pay-per-view platform in India. The ticketing site revealed that it had sold over 70,000 streams for the film within the first few days. 

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