Spring 2019 is turning into Jim Jarmusch time. After the re-release of the Neil Young soundtrack for his movie Dead Man and recent release of his collaborative album with Dutch composer and lute player Jozef van Wissem, June 14 is the release date of the new Jarmusch movie The Dead Don’t Die. There is also a possibility that the actual premiere of the film will be at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival (May 2019).
According to first reports, these days Jarmusch is into zombies, having previously tackled vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive. The list of the cast is like a list of the director’s film and music tastes, some of which have collaborated with him before. It includes everybody from Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Carol Kane, and Tom Waits. Even in there are Selena Gomez and the rising country music star Sturgill Simpson.
Of the included musicians, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits had a few previous appearances in Jarmusch movies like Coffee and Cigarettes, Down By Law (Waits), and Dead Man (Pop), while recently Jarmusch made a documentary about The Stooges called Gimmie Danger.
On the other hand, RZA recorded a brilliant soundtrack for Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai and Bill Murray had one of his better roles in the director’s Broken Flowers.
When previewing the movie last year, Murray told Philly.com: “Brace yourself: It’s a zombie movie. Jim Jarmusch has written a zombie script that’s so hilarious and it has a cast of great actors: Rosie Perez, Daniel Craig. It’s titled The Dead Don’t Die, and it shoots over the summer. But, no, I will not play a zombie.”
It is interesting though that the official announcement for the film does not mention Daniel Craig. Maybe he’s the zombie that disappeared?