Army of Thieves is an upcoming American-German romantic comedy-heist film starring zombies directed by Matthias Schweighöfer, produced by Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder, Wesley Coller, Schweighöfer, and Dan Maag, and based on an original narrative co-written by Snyder and Hatten. The film, a prequel to Army of the Dead, stars Schweighöfer, who reprises his role as Ludwig Dieter, as well as Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Jonathan Cohen, Noemie Nakai, and Peter Simonischek. Filming in Germany began in October 2020 and will be completed by December 2020.
Army of Thieves will be released on Netflix on October 29, 2021.
Army of Thieves (2021) Synopsis
The tale follows Ludwig Dieter in his early days of safecracking as he is recruited by a mystery woman to carry out a heist with the aid of a motley band of wannabe thieves six years before the events of Army of the Dead, during the early stages of the zombie epidemic.
- Genre: Horror, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Original Language: English
- Director: Matthias Schweighöfer
- Writers: Shay Hatten (screenplay) Zack Snyder (story)
- Producer: Misha Bukowski, Wesley Coller, Dan Maag, Matthias Schweighöfer, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder
- Countries of origin: Germany, United States
- Languages: English, French, German
- Production Co: Pantaleon Films, Film United, The Stone Quarry
- Filming locations: Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany
- Matthias Schweighöfer as Ludwig Dieter
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Gwendoline
- Guz Khan as Rolph
- Ruby O. Fee as Korina
- Stuart Martin as Brad Cage
- Jonathan Cohen as Delacroix
- Noemie Nakai as Beatrix
- Peter Simonischek
- John Bubniak as Christopher
The film, dubbed Army of the Dead: The Prequel at the time, was revealed to be in development at Netflix in September 2020. Filming began in Germany in December 2020 and will conclude in December 2021. Deborah Snyder refers to the film as Army of Thieves in a February 2021 interview. Tom Holkenborg, the composer for the original Army of the Dead, announced that he will be working on both the prequel and the animated series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas in the same month. Zack Snyder revealed the official title in April 2021. Matthias Schweighöfer revealed on Twitter in August 2021 that Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro will replace Holkenborg as composers for the picture.
Deborah Snyder characterized the film as being comparable to The Italian Job in a world where zombies exist in May 2021, while also stating that it is a stand-alone picture. According to the producer, the film is a romantic comedy heist picture that canonically represents the early phases of the zombie epidemic shown in the previous film “[It] takes place in a world where zombies have taken over America and are generating financial turmoil. They’re moving money around, so it’s the ideal time for a robbery.” The story will revolve around Schweighöfer’s character Ludwig Dieter, who will demonstrate how he learned to open safes while working with prior heist teams.
While Schweighöfer admitted that the film isn’t strictly a zombie picture, he suggested that the undead may emerge, and Snyder affirmed that zombies will feature in the film.
Netflix released the first teaser trailer for the film on July 25, 2021, at the San Diego Comic-Con. According to producer Deborah Snyder, the crew addressed the impending prequel at the special panel “Who has done a prequel that is in a different genre than the original? This is more of a romantic comedy heist flick than anything else in my opinion. It just so happens to live in a world where zombies exist in the United States, generating financial instability.”
Netflix plans to premiere the film on October 29, 2021.
Army of Thieves Release Dates
|Argentina||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|Belgium||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|Canada||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|Germany||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|UK||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|Poland||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|Sweden||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|Singapore||29 October 2021||(internet)|
|USA||29 October 2021||(internet)|
Also Known As (AKA)
|(original title)||Army of Thieves|
|Argentina||El ejército de los ladrones|
|Canada (English title)||Army of Thieves|
|Canada (French title)||Army of thieves|
|China (Mandarin title)||行盗之师|
|Germany||Army of Thieves|
|India (English title)||Army of the Thieves|
|Turkey (Turkish title)||Hırsızlar Ordusu|
|UK||Army of Thieves|
|USA||Army of Thieves|