If you’ve watched a great deal of The Crown and Doctor Who, then you likely got used to Matt Smith’s very English accent. Well, prepare to unhear everything you’ve ever heard, because in the trailer for Patient Zero below, Smith is clearly speaking with an American accent to these zombies.
And speaking to zombies, aka "the infected," is what Smith’s character Morgan does best. In the midst of a global pandemic, where humans are getting turned into “violent predators,” he gets bitten by an “intelligent, adrenaline-fueled” creature “born from a viral super-strain,” according to the synopsis. But it’s safe to say we can call these creatures zombies, at least for genre’s sake.
Unlike seemingly everyone else who gets bitten, Morgan appears asymptomatic, except for now he’s the only survivor who can talk to these creatures. So with the help of some of the few remaining humans — including CDC virologist Dr. Gina Rose, aka Natalie Dormer, aka Margaery Tyrell — Morgan uses his zombie whispering skills to go hunt down the virus’ original host, Patient Zero, in hopes of discovering a cure.
Along the way they run into plenty of zombie-movie tropes (hey, if they ain't broke...), but then we get a very interesting little spin about half way through the trailer, when infected-yet-cognizant Stanley Tucci, aka The Professor, arrives to the survivor’s basecamp, which has been cleared out of a nuclear missile silo. The Tooch then explains to the zombie whisperer, who's looking for Patient Zero leads: “I don’t think that we’re the disease, we’re the cure to get rid of the human infection.”
Which is when war is officially declared. Then it's just a matter of time before the infected find the silo. And that’s when the zombie rats come into the picture!
Vertical Entertainment's Patient Zero, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Cold Hell) and written by Mike Le (Dark Summer), drops On Demand Aug. 14, and in limited release Sep. 14.