Amazon’s ‘Zombieland’ Pilot Casts 2 Leads

EXCLUSIVE: Sundance breakout Tyler Ross, star of indie Milkshake, and up-and-comer Izabela Vidovic have been cast as two of the four leads in Zombieland, Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot based on the hit 2009 movie. The project, produced by Sony TV, is a continuation of the adventures of Tallahassee, Columbus (Ross), Wichita, and her younger sister Little Rock (Vidovic) — four humans who band together to survive the zombie apocalypse. In the movie, the “nerdy handsome” Columbus, who also narrates the story, was played by Jesse Eisenberg; Little Rock, a worldly girl hardened by adversity, was portrayed by Abigail Breslin. Original Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the pilot and executive produce with the movie‚Äôs producer, Gavin Polone.

Ross, repped by CESD and New Wave Entertainment, plays the lead in Milkshake, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in the summer. He also drew praise for his starring role in the indie The Wise Kids. On the TV side, Ross recurred on the second season of Starz’s Boss. Vidovic, repped Paradigm and Trilogy Talent, recently wrapped the Millenium Films feature Homefront and has done two other pilots, Fox’s Little Brother and Little In Common.

Comments (23)

  • If Amazon wants to be HBO they gotta stop trying to be AMC.

    For the love of God, develop something original.

    I fear the window for original content on TV is closing (much as it did with features a few years ago).

    Comment by Roku All Over My Face, Baby! — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:11pm PST  
    • I don’t think their trying to be HBO. Their doing comedy and just comedy. Not drama, drama disguised as comedy, and Veep.

      Comment by Zachary — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:32pm PST  
    • You do realize that Zombieland predates The Walking Dead (the tv show) right?

      Comment by some guy — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:13pm PST  
    • Zombieland the movie was written as a pilot, and i think they still wanted to make a tv series out of it after it premiered. I dont know if there behind it anyway, but I always assumed the show was going to be made.

      Comment by MIke — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:41pm PST  
  • Good luck replacing Michael Cera in Zombieland

    Comment by johncarter — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:13pm PST  
    • I don’t think that cera is in zombieland..
      more like eisenberg

      Comment by LOLinator — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:34pm PST  
      • don’t feed the trolls.

        Comment by Ace Wagstaff — Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 5:39pm PST  
  • LULZ! You meant Jesse Eisenberg…

    Comment by Hello — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:23pm PST  
  • Yea. Good luck replacing Jesse Eisenberg too…wait…

    Comment by Anonymous — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:56pm PST  
    • All I can say about the supposed resemblance is that Eisenberg looks like he would win a fight to the death.

      Comment by ILDC — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:40pm PST  
  • If they weren’t gonna have the original cas then they should have changed the characters completely… I would have rather had a sequel

    Comment by Mike — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:20pm PST  
  • Ha! That’s genius.

    Comment by Grant — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:31pm PST  
  • Zombieland, for those who don’t know, was originally developed as a pilot. When no network would pick it up, the writer’s went back and changed it up to make it a film. That’s why there were gags like “Zombie Kill of the Week” in the film. Also, as for a sequel, I believe it was Woody Harrelson that hesitated and ultimately backed out — paving the way for this TV show to finally happen. Personally, I’m excited for the show because we’ll get to see Reese & Wernick’s original vision for this universe — even if that means we have a different cast for it.

    Comment by Mickey D — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:39pm PST  
    • Couldn’t they at least changed the names?

      Comment by ILDC — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:35pm PST  
  • MASH, Alice, The Odd Couple, Buffy the Vampire Slayer were all movies then TV shows, why not wait to see if it’s any good before bashing it?

    Comment by Mark — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 6:20am PST  
  • HBO does comedy too.

    Comment by ILDC — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 11:38am PST  
  • Everything sounds like just a low-rent version of the movie so far.

    Comment by ILDC — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 11:42am PST  
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