Nicholas Hoult is a Warm Bodies Zombie

Oh, zombies. What can’t they do? Eat your dog? Scare your granny? Hit on your girlfriend after they’ve eaten you?

That last part sounds like the premise of “Warm Bodies”, a new “zombie romance” movie based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion. According to STYD, the film version of Marion’s novel has now landed rising star Nicholas Hoult in the lead. Hoult can soon be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” as young Beast and then later as the hero in Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Killer”.

“The Wackness” director Jonathan Levine will helm the film, which will center on “an existentially tormented zombie who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims and starts a chain reaction that will transform him and his fellow zombies.”

Wow. Now that’s a premise you don’t hear everyday. has a rather odd description of the novel that never mentions the “Z” (aka zombie) word:

On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for forty-year-old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what’s important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy’s other survivors—Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue—and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer. . . .

Yeah, sounds like your everyday, run-of-the-mill novel, right? Not so much. A reader name “XBE” had a much better description of the novel and, we presume, the upcoming movie:

WARM BODIES is a witty, original, beautiful, unexpected and entertaining book with tremendous heart, about a Zombie, “R” in a ruined world, who falls in love with Julie, a living girl who is one of the few remaining people, and the daughter of a harsh security minded General in charge of the city where most of the living reside. R meets Julie when he eats the brain of her long time boyfriend Perry, and appropriates his memories of this wonderful girl. In the middle of the feed, R sees her in the room, and manages to keep himself and the other zombies from attacking her and then brings her back to the airport where they live. The story has so many things going for it, it’s hard to know where to begin. The character of R, a kind of Edward Scissorhands like saintly child, who begins to grow and learn from his newfound relationship with Julie. And Julie is pretty terrific too, assertive, tough but honest about what she needs and wants.

So, a post-apocalyptic novel of sorts? Sounds like it from the reader review.