The Nazi zombie sub-genre is a surprisingly fruitful one for such a niche subject, from Zombie Lake to the Dead Snow series (not to mention the bonus mode in the Call of Duty games). Even more surprising is it’s taken Hollywood this long to finally taken notice of the genre’s popularity. They finally got around to it, though, as seen in the first trailer for Overlord.
Set on the eve of D-Day, Overlord follows an unfortunate platoon of US soldiers parachuted behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France. There, they find that they are not only outnumbered, but significantly outgunned as well. Drawing on Hitler’s well-documented — if somewhat apocryphal or exaggerated — interest in the occult, the German soldiers they come up against have been meddling in forces beyond their comprehension…
Our first look at the film doesn’t explicitly lay out exactly what those curious little Nazis got up to in this small French village, but it certainly doesn’t look nice. Among the mostly young GIs in over their collective heads are a cast of up-and-comers including Jovan Adepo (who had small parts in Mother! and Fences), British actor Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm from Game of Thrones), along with Wyatt Russell, Bokeem Woodbine and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Iain De Caestecker.
The below trailer premiered at the CinemaCon event in April. A Bad Robot joint, the supernatural-action-horror-war (how’s that for a niche sub-genre) film is produced by JJ Abrams, who assured attendees before screening the trailer than Overlord was not the latest instalment in the Cloverfield meta-franchise.
Rumour has it that the film was originally earmarked for release under the Cloverfield banner. After the semi-disastrous release, or at least reception, of The Cloverfield Paradox that categorisation presumably looks more like a kiss of death than a boon for a middle-budget genre romp.
The initial concept of Overlord was devised by Abrams and Billy Ray, who wrote Captain Phillips and the first Hunger Games film. Ray shares screenwriting credit with The Revenant‘s Mark L. Smith. Julius Avery makes his studio directing debut, and also has a pretty magnificent beard.
Overlord is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on November 9th 2018.