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DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER Casts Leads & Starts Production

Get ready for the hordes to descend upon your Crackle-equipped streaming device with Legendary’s Digital Media division and Crackle’s upcoming Dead Rising: Watchtower. Yesterday they announced the principle cast list so we can all start imagining these beautiful people on the other side of a zombification makeup process… should they not make it to the end of the movie without a bite! Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways) and Dennis Haysbert (Wreck It Ralph) will star in the feature-length project that starts shooting in Vancouver today.

A few more details on the plot have also been released, though anyone familiar with the video game will know the story. The film will take place during a large-scale zombie outbreak that defies a government-supplied vaccine and spreads unchecked. Our four leads will have to avoid a deadly bite while also running straight into the madness as they try to find the outbreak’s origin point with all signs pointing to the government itself. Paranoia, politics, and media will be important anchors to the story.

Dead Rising: Watchtower is being produced by Contradiction Films with Tim Carter taking the lead on the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will executive produce. Once Crackle’s exclusivity period ends in the United States, the film will be available on other streaming and OnDemand services.

We eagerly anticipate a new zombie chase to occupy our screens, and this cast promises a great performance. Can’t wait to see Ory deal with monsters who don’t shift back and forth from human to wolf with the moon’s cycles, personally. What will be their best weapons against the zombie hordes? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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