Meet the Girls of 'Zombieland'

Zombieland

Action, Comedy, Horror | R-13 | 1 hr 30 min
Columbia Pictures

In a world overrun by zombies, two girls – Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) -- have found a unique way to turn the odds on their favor, in Columbia Pictures’ U.S. No. 1 hit action comedy “Zombieland.”



“There are very few beautiful, young actresses who have the comedic sensibility and the diversity to be able to show all the sides of the character that Emma has created in this movie,” says director Ruben Fleischer. “She’s already proven her comedic prowess in films like `Superbad’ and `The House Bunny,’ but the character of Wichita is not necessarily a comedic role. She’s a femme fatale, a classic hot, badass chick. What’s amazing about Emma is that she can portray all that and also has the comedy to back it all up.”

“This script was very different than anything I had ever read,” says Stone. “There have been zombie comedies before, but this wasn’t a satire in any way. The zombies are very scary, and they pose a very serious threat to the characters. They’re not jokes by any means, but the four main characters are also very funny in their own right. The honesty and the humor made me feel that I could actually relate to how someone would feel and react in this zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic world. That was enough reason to want to be part of this film.”



“I loved that this movie is funny, but not a rip-roaring slapstick, and it’s scary, but not a terrifying nightmare-inducer. It manages to strike a balance between those and be its own thing. It’s a multifaceted zombie movie. Who knew you could make that?”

For Little Rock, Wichita’s partner, the director had a very specific idea. “When I read the script, I said, ‘Abigail Breslin would be great for the part of Little Rock, but there’s no way she’d ever do it, so we’ll just have to find someone like her,’” says Fleischer. “And that’s how it went for a really long time. Then, amazingly, she wanted to do the movie!”

“I really wanted to do this movie, because it’s different than anything I’ve ever done,” explains the actress. “Little Rock is a very feisty character, and I’ve enjoyed doing all this action. I had to learn how to shoot guns, which I’ve never done, and when we shot in the amusement park, I got to go on a lot of the rides when we weren’t filming. I had a lot of fun.”



Breslin gave everything to the role that the director had hoped for. She more than acquitted herself among her co-stars who couldn’t have been more appreciative of her talents. “Abby is thirteen,” says co-star Woody Harrelson. “And I will never have acting chops like she has. She did one scene where she had to cry, and she did it in every single take. Sobbing. And even when she wasn’t on camera, doing someone else’s close-ups, she still gave it her all, and cried just as convincingly for the other actors. She is phenomenal, and really fun to hang out with.”

“What was amazing to watch was the chemistry between Emma and Abigail,” says co-screenwriter Paul Wernick. “They slowly melded into one creature – Emmagail,” adds co-screenwriter Reese. “But what was really shocking was how the 13-year-old and the 20-year-old – the people you might think would be immature or naïve – were the wily veterans.”

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Zombieland” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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