In New Jersey, vacant casinos are ripe for zombie invasions.

Write your own joke!

No, really. That will be the scene in September when “Army of the Dead,” a movie being filmed for Netflix, comes to Atlantic City.

In the film, directed by Zack Snyder (“300”) and starring Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), there has been a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. The movie, which also filmed in New Mexico, follows a heist attempt in a quarantine zone.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that the production has set up shop at the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, where several air conditioning units have been brought in. The casino closed in 2014.

This, of course, is not the first time zombies have come to New Jersey boardwalks. The same holds true for the specific boardwalk in question.

The Asbury Park Zombie Walk draws hordes of undead visitors each year, and the Atlantic City Zombie Walk is one of many such events to follow in its footsteps.

Joining Bautista in the film will be Ella Purnell (“Sweetbitter”), comedian Chris D’Elia, who grew up in Montclair, Garret Dillahunt (“Fear the Walking Dead”) and Omari Hardwick (“Power”).

The project marks a return to the zombie movie genre for Snyder, who directed the 2004 remake of George Romero’s 1978 film “Dawn of the Dead.”

Last month, he shared photos from the making of “Army of the Dead,” including a cast picture.


This article was originally written by Amy Kuperinsky for