Zombieland co-writer Paul Wernick revealed the film almost featured Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.
One of the most memorable aspects of Zombieland was the cameo appearance by acclaimed actor Bill Murray, who portrayed a fictional version of himself who was mistaken for a zombie and shot by Jessie Eisenberg’s Columbus. However, Zombieland co-writer Paul Wernick revealed the filmmakers originally envisioned Star Wars icon Mark Hamill making an appearance for a similar sequence.
In a series of posts on his official Twitter account, Wernick revealed that they considered asking Mark Hamill after their top choice, Patrick Swayze, was unable to appear due to his battle with pancreatic cancer at the time and their second choice, Sylvester Stallone, was a “no-go.” As the Zombieland script pages shared by Wernick revealed, Mark Hamill’s cameo would have played out almost the same as Bill Murray’s appearance, with the hero visiting the Star Wars legend’s home amid the zombie apocalypse.
However, Mark Hamill would have actually turned out to be a zombie and a duel would have erupted between him and Tallahassee, which would have ended with the Star Wars actor getting his hand cut off before being killed. Of course, Mark Hamill did not sign on to appear in Zombieland and the scene had to be retooled for Bill Murray. Check out the post below.
So a no-go on Swayze & @theslystallone. Our fearless leader @gavinpolone called: ‘Fire up the @hamillhimself draft.’ We would not be deterred. #BillMurray hadn’t yet been mentioned, for we would have never in our wildest imagination thought we could get him.
— Paul Wernick (@paulwernick) March 21, 2020
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A sequel to Zombieland, subtitled Double Tap, was released last year and you can read the official synopsis here:
A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, Zombieland: Double Tap stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Luke Wilson.
Zombieland: Double Tap is now available on Digital HD, Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD.
Source: Paul Wernick