Here’s everything you need to know about Army of Thieves, prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, including release date, plot details and more.
Zack Snyder’s zombie heist movie Army of the Dead was a big hit for Netflix when it released earlier in 2021, so it only makes sense for its universe to be expanded. The film’s success paved the way for Army of Thieves, a prequel starring one of its breakout characters, Ludwig Dieter. The movie will show how Dieter became the master safecracker audiences meet in Army of the Dead, while also displaying some of the early days of the zombie outbreak.
Here’s everything we currently know about the upcoming prequel.
What’s Army of Thieves’ Plot?
The official synopsis for the film reads:
In this prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, small-town bank teller Dieter gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol’s most wanted criminals, attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.
In an interview with IndieWire, Zack and Deborah Snyder revealed that Army of Thieves will be a romantic comedy heist set near the beginning of the zombie outbreak. Deborah Snyder has compared it to the iconic 2003 heist film The Italian Job and stated that the outbreak has been “causing instability in the banking institutions. They’re moving money around, so it’s the perfect opportunity for a heist.”
The Snyders have confirmed that zombies will appear in Army of Thieves but will not be a major focus, and the movie will largely be a standalone story. This makes sense considering the film will be depicting the earlier days of the outbreak. Instead, the origins of the zombie pandemic will be explored in depth in the animated prequel series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
Army of Thieves will star Matthias Schweighöfer, who will be reprising his role as Ludwig Dieter in addition to taking on directing duties. During a Q&A in April, Zack Snyder stated that the film will show “how [Dieter] fell in love with and got obsessed with cracking safes.” Fast and Furious series veteran Nathalie Emmanuel will also star as Gwendoline, the mysterious woman who recruits Dieter to join her heist team. Joining them will be comedian Guz Khan as Rolph, actor Ruby O. Fee as Korina, and Scottish actor Stuart Martin as Brad Cage.
In addition to Schweighöfer, other crew members returning from Army of the Dead include writer Shay Hatten and composer Tom Holkenborg, better known as Junkie XL. Zack and Deborah Snyder will also be returning as producers.
When Is Army of Thieves’ Release Date?
Army of Thieves is scheduled to be released sometime in 2021. The exact date announced has yet to be announced, but Zack Snyder has recently confirmed that it is “coming soon.” As with Army of the Dead and Lost Vegas, the film will be releasing exclusively on Netflix.
Does Army of Thieves Have a Trailer?
Army of Thieves does not have a trailer at this time. However, Zack Snyder has revealed that the film will have a Comic-Con panel taking place on Sunday, July 25, where its trailer and release date will presumably be unveiled. In the same tweet where he announced the panel, Snyder also unveiled the poster for the movie, which includes a tagline that references the fact that the story will be less focused on zombies than Army of the Dead.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
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