The Dead Rising movie — which is officially titled Dead Rising: Watchtower — has its Frank West: comedian Rob Riggle, the former Daily Show correspondent who has actually covered wars, you know.
Riggle, a retired U.S. Marine and star of 21 Jump Street and Let's Be Cops, will play the weathered photo-journalist with an expertise in zombie outbreaks, Legendary Entertainment revealed in a casting announcement today. Joining Riggle in Dead Rising: Watchtower are Epic Meal Time host Harley Morenstein and Aleks Paunovic, who play members of a biker gang. Keegan Connor Tracy of Once Upon a Time will play Jordan, a "straight-laced journalist."
Already announced for the digitally released Dead Rising movie are actors Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.
Here's the plot of Dead Rising: Watchtower, as described by Legendary Digital Media and Crackle.
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story's narrative.
Dead Rising: Watchtower is written and co-produced by Tim Carter, who produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy and wrote Sleeping Dogs.
The Dead Rising movie will debut on Crackle, Sony's streaming video service. Crackle apps are available for PlayStation and Xbox platforms, as well as PC and mobile devices.