28 Years Later: Jodie Comer and Charlie Hunnam in talks to star in 28 Days Later sequel?

Jodie Comer of Killing Eve and Free Guy might be in talks to star in the 28 Days Later sequel 28 Years Later for Danny Boyle and Alex Garland

Last Updated on April 12, 2024

Jodie Comer

UPDATE: Daniel Richtman has shared some more casting news: “Charlie Hunnam is in talks for the second lead role in the movie alongside Jodie Comer.” Hunnam’s previous acting credits include Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Triple Frontier, The Gentlemen, Rebel Moon, and Children of Men.

The original article follows:

28 Days Later director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland are finally reuniting to make a sequel to their zombie (or, if you prefer, infected people) movie classic. As we reporter earlier this year, this sequel is set up at Sony, is going to be called 28 Years Later – and it may even launch a whole trilogy of 28 Days Later sequels. Last year, 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy said he’d gladly be in a sequel if it was made by Boyle and Garland, and when this project was announced, it was confirmed that Murphy is on board as an executive producer… but we still don’t know for sure if he’s going to be stepping in front of the camera for this one. While we wait to find out if Murphy is going to be starring in 28 Years Later, industry scooper Daniel Richtman is reporting that Jodie Comer is in talks to join the cast.

Comer’s credits include The End We Start From, The Bikeriders, Killing Eve, The Last Duel, Free Guy, and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Details on the character she might be playing in 28 Years Later have not been revealed.

In the original film, Murphy played bicycle courier Jim, who wakes up from a coma to find himself in an apocalyptic England that’s overrun by people who have been infected by a rage virus. Boyle and Garland went through several endings for 28 Days Later before landing on the one movie-goers saw in theatres – and that ending was the only one where Jim survived. So he’s still out there, ready to live through another rage virus nightmare 28 years later. If Boyle and Garland decide to put him in the story. As The Hollywood Reporter previously noted, “The 2002 film grossed $82.7 million globally and spawned a sequel, 2007’s 28 Weeks Later, though Boyle and Garland were only nominally involved as executive producers.”

Garland (whose movie Civil War reaches theatres next Friday) is already writing the screenplay for the sequel that will come after 28 Years Later. Of the two 28 Years Later projects currently in the works, Boyle is only planning to direct the first one. For the follow-up, he’ll be passing the helm over to someone else. Thanks to the deal with Sony, each of these new films will be receiving a theatrical release and will have budgets in the $60 million range.

Boyle and Garland are producing 28 Years Later with Bernie Bellew, original producer Andrew Macdonald, and Peter Rice, who was the head of Fox Searchlight Pictures when that company backed 28 Days Later. As mentioned, Murphy is executive producing.

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Source: Daniel Richtman

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