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Zombie Love Story Warm Bodies Introduces Its Love Interest

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Zombies have been crazy popular in our culture for a while now, with the staggering (or sprinting), brain-hungry undead being explored hundreds of times in movies, books, comics, and even a TV show thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead. At this point the challenge when it comes to zombie tales is to find some way to put a unique spin on a concept that’s been trodden beneath countless heels before you. For the upcoming film Warm Bodies, that twist comes from taking the core concept and adding a dash of Twilight-style necrophilia — it’s a zombie love story.

Based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, Warm Bodies is being written and directed by Jonathan Levine, who helmed the outstanding 50/50 last year. So, how the hell does a zombie love story work? Well, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) stars as “R,” a zombified teen who chows down on a random guy’s brains and then finds himself absorbing the dude’s memories. Thanks to these confusing new feelings, he soon finds himself in love with his prey’s girlfriend, Julie. The never-ending search for human flesh doesn’t leave much time for romance, but given that Julie is played by the lovely and talented Teresa Palmer (Take Me Home Tonight), I can’t say I blame him.

Warm Bodies doesn’t shamble into theaters until next August, but in the mean time Summit has released several images of Hoult as R, giving us an idea what the film’s “zombie look” will be like. It’s understandably restrained in the gore department, since R has to be not just a sympathetic protagonist, but in a shape that Julie could conceivably develop feelings other than revulsion towards him. Granted, that alone is one hell of a leap, but you buy the premise, you buy the bit…

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