Matthias Schweighöfer steps into the director’s chair for his biggest film to date. He doesn’t just direct Army of Thieves, a live-action prequel to Army of the Dead, but Schweighöfer will also return as his character Dieter.
The official synopsis states that Army of Thieves will follow “a mysterious woman recruits bank employee Dieter to assist in a robbery of impossible safes across Europe.”
This movie is one of two prequel projects to emerge from Snyder’s Army of the Dead. We get the Schweighöfer-directed Army of Thieves, and also a prequel anime series with the title Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
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You can see Matthias Schweighöfer’s Dieter in the upcoming zombie movie, Army of the Dead. Producers for the prequel movie include AOTD director Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder.
ARMY OF THE DEAD takes place after a zombie outbreak that left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a displaced local Vegas former zombie war hero now spinning burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposal: Break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $ 200 million in a safe under the strip before the city is destroyed by the government within 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payout could help pave the way for a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward rises to the challenge and assembles a ragtag team of experts for the heist.
They include Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera), a top mechanic and Ward’s longtime friend; Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo), a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers (Samantha Win), are ride-or-die; Martin (Garret Dillahunt), the head of the casino’s security; a tough warrior known as the Coyote (Nora Arnezeder) who recruits Burt Cummings (Theo Rossi), a slimy guard; and a brilliant German safe-cracker named Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who is missing in town. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies approaching, only one thing is certain in the greatest heist ever: survivors take everything.
Army of the Dead sees Zack Snyder direct a cast with Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Garret Dillahunt, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone and Michael Cassidy.
Army of the Dead is scheduled for release on Netflix on May 21, 2021.