Did you know George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead is getting another new take on it, this time a 3-D CGI "re-imagining"? Well, it is. And now the project, Night of the Living Dead: Origins, has landed some new voice talent.
Alona Tal (Supernatural) and Cornell Womack (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) will provide their vocal abilities for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mos Def has previously been reported as playing Ben, the lead from the original, and Jesse Corti (Heroes), Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie's Halloween films), Bill Moseley (another Zombie vet), and Joe Pilato (Capt. Rhodes from Romero's Day of the Dead) have also been previously cast. Newbie Zebediah de Soto is directing.
"The story again follows a group of humans trying to stay alive during a zombie attack," the trade paper reports. The "origin" aspect seemingly ties into the film's revival of the key characters from Romero's film, though it seems as though the filmmaker did a pretty tidy job of getting the whole zombie thing off to a good start back in 1968.
Moseley is playing the same character he did in the 1990 live-action remake of Night, a "Wall Street-type with an expense account attitude." Pilato will voice Harry Cooper, the dickwad character from the original film who bites it when his zombified daughter literally bites him. Tal will play his wife, Helen, who has an appointment with a gardening spade.
De Soto says that unlike most zombie movies, which often end up in an enclosed environment like a mall or old house, he plans on using CGI to expand the ghoulish horizons of the genre.
"I wanted to make this look like a living Monet; it's expressionism," De Soto says. "It's going to be the first zombie movie played on [an] epic scale. This is the Empire of the Sun of zombie films."
Here's the best part of this whole story, though. THR says that the director "grew up in a household where his mother forbade him to watch television, fearing it would lead to smoking and drinking. When he finally saw his first horror movie, Romero's Night of the Living Dead, it made such an impression on him that it created an obsession."