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The production of World War Z has made a lot movement in recent days. Glasgow was just picked as a location and now Deadline reports that Lost star Matthew Fox along with veteran Ed Harris are both in talks to join this potential blockbuster for Paramount.
Both are fine actors to join the cast. Fox has had trouble finding a high-profile role outside of the hit ABC show that ended last year. Speed Racer in particular did not do much to help his film career. He now would have this film to look forward to as well as his role in I, Alex Cross, the Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) film based on the James Patterson detective, which will begin production this fall.
Harris of course has had a long and successful career, but has not appeared in a bid-budget property since National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
25-year-old French actress Julia Levy-Boeken is also joining the cast for this multiple-person account of a fictional zombie war based on the novel by Max Brooks. She is best known for starring in a few episodes of Entourage and the Israeli TV series alfufa Ha (if any you have knowledge of Israeli television it would be very useful to tell us your thoughts). I personally have faith in Marc Forster’s casting choices. Brad Pitt, Anthony Mackie, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale have already been cast and Pitt is acting as a producer. Filming will being later this summer.
With significant doubts as to Paramount being able to keep the Star Trek sequel in its June 2012 time slot, "Z" has now become an option for the studio. If not that, perhaps it will be John Chu's "G.I. Joe" sequel hitting theaters in roughly a year from now.