Army of Thieves is an upcoming 2021 American German Action Comedy Romance film directed by Matthias Schweighöfer and Zack Snyder as a co-director. Produced by Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Schweighöfer and Dan Maag. Based off this true story and it spinoff to the film of 2021's Army of the Dead. It stars Schweighöfer as a reprising the role who portrayed Dieter. This film begins a 2020 of October and was concluded on December 2020.
It releases in October 29, 2021 on theatrical release and on Netflix
The story takes place before the events of Army of the Dead, during the beginning stages of the zombie outbreak, and follows Ludwig Dieter in his early days of safecracking as he is hired by a mysterious woman to pull off a heist with the help of a misfit crew of aspiring thieves.
- Matthias Schweighöfer as Ludwig Dieter
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Gwendoline
- Guz Khan as Rolph
- Ruby O. Fee as Korina
- Stuart Martin as Brad Cage
- Jonathan Cohen as Delacroix
- Noemie Nakai as Beatrix
- Peter Simonischek
- John Bubniak is Christopher
In September 2020, it was announced that the film, then known as Army of the Dead: The Prequel, was in development at Netflix. Filming took place in Germany, and finished in December 2020. In a February 2021 interview, Deborah Snyder referred to the film as Army of Thieves. That same month, Army of the Dead composer Tom Holkenborg confirmed that he would be working on both the prequel and the tie-in animated series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. In April 2021, Zack Snyder confirmed that this was the official title.
In May 2021, Deborah Snyder described the film as similar to The Italian Job in a world where zombies exist, while explaining that the film is standalone in nature. The producer classified the genre as a romantic comedy heist film that takes place during the early stages of the zombie pandemic portrayed in the previous film; stating: "takes place in a world where these zombies exist in America and it’s causing instability in the banking institutions. They’re moving money around, so it’s the perfect opportunity for a heist." The plot will center around Schweighöfer's character Ludwig Dieter, showing how he learned to crack safes with previous heist teams. Schweighöfer confirmed that while the movie isn't categorically a zombie film, the filmmaker teased that the undead may appear; while Snyder confirmed that there will be zombies in the film.
On July 25, 2021, Netflix unveiled its first teaser trailer for the film which premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con. In the special panel, the team discussed the upcoming prequel as producer Deborah Snyder said; "Who's done a prequel where it's a different genre of film? To me this is more of a romantic, comedy, heist film than anything else. It just happens to live in this world where zombies are in the U.S. and it's causing the banking system some instability."
Theatrical & Streaming
This film set to be originally released in 2022 in theatrical release by Netflix. But release date replaced into October 29, 2021. The film released in United States on October 29, 2021 on Netflix and Theatrical Limited