'The Dead Don't Die': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about Jim Jarmusch's star-studded zombie comedy

The movie boasts an ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton and Selena Gomez among others

                            'The Dead Don't Die': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about Jim Jarmusch's star-studded zombie comedy

Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie comedy is hitting theatres soon and we couldn’t be more excited. The movie features fun characters, a crazy plot and a particularly single-minded army of the undead. Jarmusch is determined to breathe new life into the zombie genre and with ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ he just might have done it.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming comedy romp:

Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, and Adam Driver in The Dead Don't Die (2019). (IMDb)


Release Date

Bill Murray announced that he was working on the film in February 2018. A detailed list of cast members including Adam Driver, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi was revealed in July 2018. The movie debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019 and will arrive in theatres on June 14.


‘The Dead Don’t Die’ is set in the peaceful town of Centerville, where the weather is nice, the people are nicer and nothing ever goes wrong. Until the dead start refusing to stay in their graves, that is. Now the town’s police department must join the town’s living population and a katana-wielding undertaker in a fight for survival.


Bill Murray plays police chief Cliff Robertson. The last time Murray appeared in a zombie film was when he had his brief appearance in ‘Zombieland’, a movie where he played himself and wore zombie make-up to pass off as one until he accidentally got shot. Chief Robertson is joined in the police department by Officer Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver) and Officer Mindy Morrison (Chloë Sevigny). Driver gained mainstream recognition after he joined the ‘Star Wars’ sequel trilogy as Han and Leia’s prodigal son Kylo Ren, a role which he will be reprising for the third installment, ‘The Rise of Skywalker,’ in December 2019. Sevigny has appeared in multiple independent films including ‘American Psycho’ and ‘Demonlover’ and is also a successful director, fashion designer and model.

Tilda Swinton in The Dead Don't Die (2019). (IMDb)


The film stars Selena Gomez as Zoe, a young woman on a road trip, while Tilda Swinton slays (the undead) as Zelda Winston, an undertaker who likes putting extremely loud make-up on corpses and killing zombies with her deadly sword in her spare time. Other notable cast members are Steve Buscemi (‘Con Air’) as Farmer Miller, singer Tom Waits as Hermit Bob, Danny Glover (‘Lethal Weapon’) as Hank Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones (‘X-Men: First Class’) Rosie Perez (‘Do the Right Thing) and Carol Kane (‘Annie Hall’) along with Sara Driver, RZA and Iggy Pop.


‘The Dead Don’t Die’ is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The filmmaker has worked extensively in independent cinema and gained acclaim for ‘Permanent Vacation’, ‘Stranger Than Paradise’, and his vampire movie ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’. He has previously worked with Murray, Sevigny and Driver. Jarmusch is known for his unique, minimalist style of filmmaking.




The trailer for ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ showcases the idyllic town of Centerville and the rise of its ghoulish invaders while declaring “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled”. You can find our detailed summary of the trailer here.

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