'Overlord' trailer: JJ Abrams's next is a WWII film with US soldiers battling Nazi zombies

JJ Abrams' 'Overlord' trailer combines World War II, Nazis, and zombies to present quite the mouthwatering prospect


                            'Overlord' trailer: JJ Abrams's next is a WWII film with US soldiers battling Nazi zombies

World War II, Nazis, and Zombies. The decades may go by but producers and directors will not stop milking these cash cows with an endless stream of features. One can hardly blame them given the affinity the audience have for these tired tropes. JJ Abrams, who made his name with his work in the action genre, 'Armageddon' and 'Cloverfield' being the two most noteworthy and successful examples, now brings us 'Overlord', a World War II zombie horror film that unfolds on the eve of D-Day and combines practically all three tropes. The result is a "bat**** crazy" adventure.

The first trailer for the film gives us a glimpse of what we can expect come November 9. The Julius Avery-directed venture trods down a tried and tested path with a formula proven to reap dividends — that of pitting a rag-tag group of misfits against a historically powerful enemy and following them as they overcome the gargantuan odds.

'Overlord' is set for a November 9, 2018, release (Source: IMDb)
'Overlord' is set for a November 9, 2018, release (Source: IMDb)

An official description for 'Overlord' reads: "On the eve of D-Day, US paratroopers drop behind enemy lines, to infiltrate a small village. Unfortunately, they realize the Nazis are experimenting with supernatural forces to fight them."

The 2:28 trailer stitches together a picture that plays out its brief description. A battalion of planes flies over a war-torn, fractured sky as largely inexperienced soldiers prepare for a landing on the shores of Normandy. Jovan Adepo's squad survives the harrowing initial landing, but find themselves in a hostile land infested with Nazi soldiers.

However, the Nazis are not the only threat they face. In a bid to gain the upper hand, German scientists have been performing secret experiments with the aim of birthing the perfect super soldier. But things go awry and they inadvertently set off a plague of zombies that boast inhuman strength. Mysterious syringes packed with red liquid seem to hold the key to the epidemic, and possibly the entire movie.

"Experience chaos, fear, havoc, horror, evil, madness, terror, rage," the trailer announces, with an ominous voice warning "They have been given a purpose". 

A suggestion that the movie was the fourth installment in his 'Cloverfield' franchise was rubbished by Abrams. "It’s not a Cloverfield movie," he told Entertainment Weekly. "We are actually developing a true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel, which will be coming to the theaters very soon," he said, adding that 'Overlord' was "bats**** crazy."

Besides Adepo, 'Overlord' will also star the likes of Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbæk, Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, Wyatt Russell, and Bokeem Woodbine. The script for 'Overlord' was penned by Billy Ray and Mark L Smith, with Abrams serving as producer through his Bad Robot Productions banner with Lindsey Weber.

Watch the trailer for 'Overlord' below.