Collider got to visit the set of Warm Bodies, an upcoming paranormal romance featuring the latest supernatural hotties: Zombies. That’s right, it’s a love story between a zombie and a human girl—and judging from this promo poster, it bears a shocking resemblance to Twilight. For one, they’re from the same studio, Summit Entertainment. But the similarities run much deeper than that…
Looks: I consistently mistake Teresa Palmer for Kristen Stewart, and while Nicholas Hoult doesn’t usually resemble Robert Pattinson, in this makeup he definitely does. White skin, shadowed eyes, dark hair? Check, check, check.
Expression: Nicholas’ character R has got the uber-intense stare that’s impossible since there are no synapses firing behind those eyes, yet Julie here has the empty eyes of a fresh corpse. Let’s match that with the original poster for Twilight.
Posing: How can Julie holding on to R remind you of anything but the awful “spider monkey” moment from Twilight? These movies seem obsessed with the idea of puny human girls who have to physically cling to their strong supernatural boyfriends, or else they’ll just collapse.
Synopsis: I couldn’t help it that I watched Twilight over the weekend! So my memory is incredibly fresh for all of Edward’s angst. Let’s compare it to R’s dilemma:
R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R but also his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, WARM BODIES is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.
Edward’s world isn’t dystopian, but it may as well be the way you hear him bitch and moan about it. Like R, he shuffles through life unable to appreciate art or love… until he meets the right girl! Then they both impose themselves on their respective girls’ lives and still spend the time hating themselves. (I kid; I hope that R can have more self-respect than Edward does.)
Release Date: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 comes out November 16, 2012, though maybe they’d like to slide their release date up a bit since Warm Bodies hits theaters on August 10, 2012.