In a pre-Berlin move, Australian actor Brenton Thwaites has signed on to star in the zombie action movie “Office Uprising,” Variety has learned.
The Exchange is launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival.
Thwaites’ credits include “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening,” “Maleficent,” “Oculus” and “The Giver.” He will be seen next in “Gods of Egypt” opposite Gerard Butler and in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales” as Henry Turner, the son of Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner character.
Steven C. Miller (“Marauders”) is directing from a script written by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble. The film is produced by Giulia Prenna (“The Evil Gene”) and William Clevinger.
“Office Uprising” is set inside one of the world’s leading arms manufacturers where a substance is slipped into the employees’ drinks by the board of directors that supposedly makes them work more efficiently. Due to a slacker within the company, though, they are fed the wrong formula and start turning into homicidal maniacs — leaving the slacker needing to step up his game to rescue himself and his friends from the growing zombie plague inside the company compound.
“Fans of the growing zombie genre craze are going to love ‘Office Uprising,’” said the Exchange’s Brian O’Shea. “We are truly excited to have cast Brenton Thwaites, a sensational, versatile young leading man who will hit the comedic notes and sell the action.”
Thwaites first came to prominence in the Fox8 teen drama series “Slide.”