The Army of the Dead cast features Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell and Matthias Schweighöfer. This info article contains minor spoilers for Zack Snyder’s 2021 Netflix film. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Army of the Dead takes place six years after a zombie outbreak. In Las Vegas, billionaire Bly Tanaka hopes to recover money from a casino vault before a nuclear strike destroys the city. Former soldier Scott Ward leads the mission and expects a $50 million payday. Meanwhile, a Zombie King and his Queen protect their turf while strategizing at The Olympus casino. Here’s every main player in Army of the Dead.
Army of the Dead Cast: Dave Bautista as Scott Ward
Character Profile: A cook at Lucky Boy in the Las Vegas area. He earned the Medal of Freedom for saving the Secretary of Defense during the initial zombie outbreak. Scott struggles with his past decisions, such as killing his zombie wife, while leading a heist operation that includes his skeptical daughter, Kate.
Bautista’s Resume: A WWE Star — Also, Drax in the MCU (2014-), Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Vic Manning in Stuber (2019), Beast Rabban Harkonnen in Dune (2021)
Army of the Dead Cast: Ella Purnell as Kate Ward
Character Profile: Scott’s daughter, a quarantine camp employee. She reluctantly joins the heist team in order to locate a missing mother, Geeta, who hopes to crack a slot machine for getaway money. Ella has unresolved issues about her father’s past behavior, most notably his lack of communication and affection after the initial zombie outbreak.
Purnell’s Resume: Young Ruth in Never Let Me Go (2010), Mackenzie in Wildlike (2014), Emma in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), Tess in Sweetbitter (2018-19), Gwyn in Star Trek: Prodigy (2021)
Army of the Dead Cast: Omari Hardwick as Vanderohe
Character Profile: Scott’s former military colleague. He’s an Alpha Male and a capable leader. Vanderhoe teams up with Dieter during the heist operation.
Hardwick’s Resume: Byron in Beauty Shop (2005), Ty Curtis in Dark Blue (2009-10), Sergeant Marcus Williams in Kick-Ass (2010), James “Ghost” St. Patrick in Power (2014-20), Mr. _______ in Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Army of the Dead Cast: Ana de la Reguera as Maria Cruz
Character Profile: Scott and Vanderhoe’s military colleague. She is a weapons expert and expects to receive $15 million upon completing the focal heist. Maria hopes to develop a romantic relationship with Scott.
De La Reguera’s Resume: Sister Encarnación in Nacho Libre (2006), Vida in Eastbound & Down (2010), Elisa Alvaro in Narcos (2015), Marisol Silva in Goliath (2018-), Adela in The Forever Purge (2021)
Army of the Dead Cast: Theo Rossi as Burt Cummings
Character Profile: A security guard at the McCarran Quarantine Camp. He’s an abrasive and verbally-abusive character. Lilly, aka “The Coyote,” reveals that Burt sexually assaulted multiple women.
Rossi’s Resume: Stan Giamatti in Grey’s Anatomy (2007), Antonio in Cloverfield (2008), Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz in Sons of Anarchy (2008-14), Hernan ‘Shades’ Alvarez in Luke Cage (2016-18), Officer Dominic Reyes in American Skin (2019)
Army of the Dead Cast: Matthias Schweighöfer as Ludwig Dieter
Character Profile: A professional safecracker. He is recruited by Scott via Bly Tanaka, the billionaire who Dieter steals from in the prequel movie Army of Thieves. The German character joins the heist team in order to crack a vault known as Götterdämmerung.
Schweighöfer’s Resume: Manfred von Richthofen in The Red Baron (2008), Alex in What a Man (2011), Clemens Klina in The Manny (2015), Lukas Franke in You Are Wanted (2017-18), Dieter in Army of Thieves (2021)
Army of the Dead Cast: Nora Arnezeder as Lilly
Character Profile: A smuggler known as “The Coyote.” She transports people who want to crack slot machines on the abandoned Las Vegas Strip. Lilly educates her team members about the different forms of zombies.
Arnezeder’s Resume: Douce in Paris 36 (2008), Ana Moreau in Safe House (2012), Celia in The Words (2012), Ana Maria in Mozart in the Jungle (2014-18), Blake in The Colony (2021)
Army of the Dead Cast: Hiroyuki Sanada as Bly Tanaka
Character Profile: A billionaire who recruits Scott to locate and transport $200 million from a casino. It’s revealed that the businessman previously sent in other teams that presumably didn’t survive. Bly gives Scott the address for Dieter, though it’s unclear if he knows that the German stole from him in Europe during Army of Thieves. Most likely, Tanaka targeted Dieter for that exact reason.
Sanada’s Resume: Kaneda in Sunshine (2007), Dogen in Lost (2010), Shingen in The Wolverine (2013), Musashi in Westworld (2018-20), Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion in Mortal Kombat (2021)
Army of the Dead Cast: Garret Dillahunt as Martin
Character Profile: Tanaka’s head of security. He beheads the Zombie Queen for financial reasons. Martin’s self-serving behavior doesn’t go over well with Scott’s crew.
Dillahunt’s Resume: Francis Wolcott/Jack McCall in Deadwood (2004-05), Wendell in No Country for Old Men (2007), Burt Chance in Raising Hope (2010-14), Armsby in 12 Years a Slave (2013), John Dorie in Fear the Walking Dead (2018-)
Army of the Dead Cast: Tig Notaro as Marianne Peters
Character Profile: A helicopter pilot. She provides comic relief and stresses her importance to the mission. Marianne repairs a damaged helicopter on a casino roof while her team members fight off zombies.
Notaro’s Resume: A Stand-Up Comedian — Also, Cher in In a World… (2013), Tig in One Mississippi (2015-17), Sharon in Instant Family (2018), Madeline in Together Together (2021)
The Army of the Dead cast also includes Raúl Castillo (We the Animals, Night Teeth), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur, Maharani), Samantha Win (Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Wonder Woman), Richard Cetrone (The Cabin in the Woods, Sleepy Hollow) and Athena Perample (Glee, Mythic Quest).
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