Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies takes place in a world here small pockets of militarized humans hold out against hoards of the undead. One of the undead is R, an existentially confused zombie whose internal complexity and sensitivity are reflected by the shambling corpse haunting an abandoned airport. When R falls in love with a living woman, however, his heart beats again and kicks off a wave of zombis rediscovering their humanity.
This trailer is much zippier than its predecessor, which debuted earlier this month. Clocking in at one minute, this trailer plays up the comedy aspect, as R's internal monologue contrasts with his monosyllabic, undead action. Again, it runs directly counter to a concept that many folks dismissed as a zombie Twilight. Even though Shaun of the Dead proved that a zombie romantic comedy can work, there's still some bristling at Warm Bodies, but given the oversaturation of the undead in pop culture, it only makes sense to start bending the rules and getting weird.
Watch the trailer to see for yourself. Check it out below or in HD over at Yahoo! Movies.
Nicholas Hoult, who in the near future stars as the title character in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer, plays R, with Teresa Palmer of I Am Number Four and The Sorcerer's Apprentice co-stars as Julie, the living girl for whom R falls. Palmer's outstanding, but no movie has yet showcased her in such a way as to make her a household name. Perhaps Warm Bodies will be the one.
The ensemble cast also includes John Malkovich as Julie's father, Dave Franco as her boyfriend, and Rob Corddry shows up as R's best friend.
Warm Bodies, directed by The Wackness and 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine, arrives on February 1, 2013.