Warner Bros. UK has released the first official trailer for its upcoming zombie movie based on M.R. Carey’s 2014 Edgar Award-winning short story, The Girl with All the Gifts.
Directed by Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who, Ripper Street), the movie stars Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine and is set in a zombie-filled future, where most of humanity has been infected by a fungus that turns people into flesh-eating “hungries.” The movie focuses on a team of scientists/soldiers in their attempts to contain the spread of the virus and on a group of kids and a very special girl who aren't like the rest of the infected.
The trailer starts pretty mellow -- although I was wondering at first why those kids were strapped to those wheelchairs like that -- but then you find out why (they're infected) and it finally descends into full-on gory action with a dash of hope.
Here’s an extended synopsis for the movie:
The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.
At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second-generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.
The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.
When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.
The Girl with All the Gifts will open in the UK on Sept. 23. No news as to when it’ll open in North America.
(via Warner Bros.)