After mostly dropping off the face of the Earth following his stint as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, Hayden Christensen is back in the limelight to duke it out with some World War II-era zombies.
Christensen is signed on to star in the new film Untot, which is set in 1944 and follows an elite military unit dropped behind enemy lines to destroy a Nazi weapons facility. What they find instead? The undead. The screenplay was written by videogame producer Kris Renkewitz, and he also plans to direct. The project is being produced by Greg O’Connor (Warrior).
Yes, we do realize Christensen has done a few movies in the near-decade since Revenge of the Sith — most notably the surprisingly decent sci-fi flick Jumper in 2008 — but it seems he’s ready to at least make a mild push back toward box-office relevance. He’s currently starring alongside Nicolas Cage in the WTF-fest Chinese fantasy action flick Outcast, so fighting Nazi zombies is less a stretch than it might seem.
Here’s what O’Connor had to say about the project announcement:
“Kris has already proven himself as a master visual artist with his successful career as a video game director. I’m thrilled to support his first foray into the medium of cinema with ‘Untot.’ He has written a haunting, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed script filled with supernatural elements and I can’t wait to see his creative vision realized on screen.”
This one has potential fun B-movie romp written all over it — so we’ll be curious to see how it progresses once principal photography kicks off next month. There are a lot of unknowns here, but it's a fun premise in the vein of Dead Snow. Here's hoping.
Do you think this one will be any good? Can Christensen ever overcome the Star Wars curse?
(Via Coming Soon)