Army of the Dead Netflix trailer unleashes Zack Snyder vs Vegas zombies

Dave Bautista and a squad of badasses face the undead in an action flick that looks like crazy fun. No wonder there's a prequel in the works.

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Omari Hardwick gets ready to face the undead.

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Zack Snyder! Kenny Rogers! Zombies! Tigers! Here's the latest trailer for new Netflix action movie Army of the Dead, streaming May 21.

Opening to the contemplative chords of The Gambler by Kenny Rogers, the trailer explodes into action with a squad of mercs entering zombie-ridden Las Vegas to pull off a daring heist. Dave Bautista, Omari Hardwick and Tig Notaro are among the stars.

Zack Snyder previously unleashed armies of zombies in his breakthrough film, the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead written by James Gunn. This new film features a twist on the typical zombie monster, as these undead denizens of Vegas are faster and more organized than your usual walking dead. Except the zombie tiger, that's just a crazy undead tiger.

It's a busy time for the director, following last month's much-anticipated release of The Snyder Cut of Justice League on streaming service HBO Max. And he's found time to co-produce a prequel to Army of the Dead focusing on the character played by Matthias Schweighöfer (who also directs). The prequel is called Army of Thieves and is reported to stream on Netflix at some point this year.    

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