Columbia Pictures Seeking a New Star To Cameo In ZOMBIELAND 2; Updated

     November 27, 2010

Columbia Pictures has another “superstar cameo” up their sleeves for Zombieland 2, the sequel to Ruben Fleischer’s hilarious 2009 zom-com. The news is tantalisingly sparse but hints that the studios are searching for another famed movie icon to briefly feature in the new film and presumably echo the hilarity of the mind-blowing surprise cameo in Zombieland. Also, we’ve news that in their second undead-bashing misadventure together, zombies aren’t the only blight for Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to combat, as the script requires a ‘lead villain’ who’ll inevitably cause some trouble, and Harrelson’s character finds himself in hot competition with a “hunky rival”. Is it possible that this rival may transpire to be the ‘love interest’ we heard talk of in the past?

Hit the jump for suggestions of who might cameo. Spoilers and speculative spoilers follow.

UPDATE: Screenwriter Rhett Reese has denied the Zombieland 2 cameo rumors.  Hit the jump for more.

Update: On his twitter feed today, one of the scribes to Zombieland 2, Rhett Reese, denies the recently reported rumours regarding a possible cameo in the sequel, saying: “The Zombieland 2 rumors reported today are false.” He later tweeted an update which read: “The Zombieland 2 rumors feel like they were the product of a game of ‘Telephone’. Distorted.” So that seemingly debunks that. Or does it? Which bit of the rumour is he denying, that Columbia Pictures are on the lookout for a new cameo, or the supposed stars of said cameo? Here’s what we originally had.

In Zombieland, it was comedy legend Bill Murray, who cropped up in what is probably one of the most memorable cameos to grace the silver screen. Harrelson and his group of zomb-apocalypse survivors move in to Murray’s mansion, meet the great man himself, and spend the evening reminiscing about the highs (Ghostbusters) and lows (Garfield) of his movie career.

For Zombieland 2, Columbia Pictures are on the hunt for another iconic figure to step in to his shoes. According to BloodyDisgusting, the studios are looking along the lines of Harrison Ford and Anthony Hopkins. No clue if those are the exact two names being considered, or if “along the lines of” means more or less any mainstream Hollwood oldie.

Anthony Hopkins seems plausible, if a little unlikely. It’s certainly not too much of a stretch to imagine a zombie Hannibal still cannibalising. On the other hand, I’m not so sure whether Indy and his whip would be so at home. The genius of the previous cameo though was that Murray played himself, not one of his famed characters, which pretty much leaves the floor open to all celebrity contenders – in other words, your guess is as good as ours…

Zombieland 2 has already been confirmed to be shooting in 3D and written to maximise the impact of the added dimension. In fact, writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who also penned the original, told MTV: “We entirely want to write with 3-D in mind…We want you to be looking down at your popcorn to make sure there isn’t blood on it. There will be a lot of fluids flying!”

Whether the old team of misfits will be fully reassembled is unclear at the minute, as Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg are the only two of the original cast confirmed to date. That said, from previous talks with Fleischer, Wernick and Reese, it seems clear that it was definitely their intention to build upon the current characters rather than starting afresh. Hopefully, some official casting news will shed some light on that in the not too distant future. Whatever happens, get ready for a new set of rules to be set and broken.

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