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‘Army of Thieves’ Trailer: ‘Army of the Dead’ Prequel Is ‘The Italian Job’ with Zombies

Director and star Matthias Schweighöfer's contribution to Snyder's evolving zombie universe arrives on Netflix October 29.

Army of Thieves

“Army of Thieves”

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Netflix’s zombie smash hit “Army of the Dead” has a prequel coming this fall from the original film’s star, Matthias Schweighöfer. He’s the director and star of “Army of Thieves,” the set-up film to Zack Snyder’s wildly popular zombie movie. Schweighöfer plays small-town bank teller Dieter, who 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. Watch the official trailer below before the movie arrives on the streaming platform on October 29.

The screenplay comes from Shay Hatten, who co-wrote “Army of the Dead” with Joby Harold. The cast of “Army of Thieves” includes Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Guz Khan, and Jonathan Cohen. Producers are Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Dan Maag, and Schweighöfer, from a story developed by Snyder and Hatten.

Deborah Snyder previously teased “Army of Thieves” in a conversation with IndieWire following the first film’s release this past May. She called it a “romantic comedy heist film,” adding, “It stands alone, and [while] you could watch it because it’s the history of our safecracker, it’s also just this really sweet, funny film,” she said. “It’s set in our same timeline, but it’s not like a zombie movie. … It’s more like ‘The Italian Job,’ but it takes place in a world where these zombies exist in America and it’s causing instability in the banking institutions. They’re moving money around, so it’s the perfect opportunity for a heist.”

Of the film’s character (and the director playing him), Deborah Snyder said, “Dieter is so beloved, when we tested the movie, he was one of people’s favorite characters. To get more info of, where did he come from, how did he learn to crack safes, I think that’s really fun, too. He’s a great director. It’s a smaller-scale movie than ‘Army,’ but it looks really big.”

Schweighöfer previously made his directing debut in 2010 with the rom-com “What a Man.” “Army of Thieves” was shot in Europe toward the end of 2020.

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