When director Jim Jarmusch dips his toe into genre waters, the results are fascinating. From Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai to Dead Man to Only Lovers Left Alive, he has a way of deconstructing well-worn tropes and reassembling them into something idiosyncratic and memorable. Of course, it helps that he also has a way of pulling together sprawling, drool-worthy casts to execute his efforts. In fact, that’s usually the buy-in for his movies as a viewer: that he directed it, followed by a list of who is in it. After you see it, there’s always plenty to unpack. But ahead of time? That’s really all you need to know.
With that in mind, let me tell you about The Dead Don’t Die, Jarmusch’s upcoming zombie movie. It stars (*taps mic, clears throat*) Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, RZA, Tom Waits, Zombie Iggy Pop, and Zombie Carol Kane.
I mean, I’m assuming we’re all on the same page about watching this opening weekend, but if you need more to go on here’s the trailer:
Tilda is a batty undertaker with a sword. Driver, Sevigny and Murray are bumbling cops. Tom Waits in a hermit. Zombie Carol Kane would like some chardonnay. Does knowing all that make you want to see the movie more, or does it simply solidify your already rampant desire to see it? Be honest. You’re amongst friends here.
The Dead Don’t Die hits theaters June 14th, and I’m sure I’ll see you there.