Jesse Eisenberg Gives 'Zombieland: Double Tap' Update at SXSW

Zombieland: Double Tap star Jesse Eisenberg is quite the optimist when it comes for the long-anticipated sequel to the 2009 hit.

Jesse Eisenberg Gives 'Zombieland: Double Tap' Update at SXSW

Eisenberg was at SXSW in Austin, Texas to promote his latest film, The Art of Self Defense. He talked to Movieweb about how they're approaching this film and why the Sony Pictures film was so successful.

"It's one of these movies that, people loved it for personal reasons. So it's not just a big hit movie. People love it for personal reasons so you want to make sure it's as funny and as personal as the other one.

It's going really well. Just resting on our laurels and really cocky [laughs]. No, the opposite. We're working so hard."

Double Tap reunites Eisenberg with Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock, respectively. The film sees the foursome acclimating to the post-apocalyptic world. When internal strife hits the group between Columbus and Wichita and Little Rock taking off with Berkley (Avan Jogia), Tallahassee joins with Columbus and Wichita to search for Little Rock. During their journey, Tallahassee meets his match in Nevada (Rosario Dawson), another survivor whose thirst for zombie-killing rivals his own.

Cameos announced so far include Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters playing fictional versions of themselves. Murray made a cameo in the 2009 film, but given his fate, I wonder how they bring him back.

Also coming back is director Ruben Fleischer and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Joining them is Dave Callaham. In an interview with, Fleischer fondly recalled the experience he had making the original Zombieland, and the profound impact it had on the cast.

"I think it was a real touchstone for all, for me certainly 'cause it was my first movie, but I think for Emma and Jesse it was a really just significant movie in their evolution. And Woody paid me a huge compliment. I was on the phone with him the other day and he said he's probably made over a hundred movies but the most fond memory he has is making Zombieland."

The film also stars Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Luke Wilson, and is scheduled to hit theaters on October 11th, 2019.

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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