Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco and Cory Hardrict also star in the film. As you can see, the make-up is making Hoult look very much....well, dead, which I find fascinating considering his character gets romantically involved in Palmer's very-much-alive character. Is this a reverse, sweeter and more sophisticted version of Deadgirl? (I kid, sort of.)
Hout plays "R" and Levine explained to USA Today what his zombie lead is all about:
"So R eats brains and does all kinds of nasty stuff at first, but at his heart, he's an innocent."
He's made more innocent when he chows down on the brain of a dead young man and suddenly falls madly in love with the guy's girlfriend (Palmer). After saving the girl's life, R begins to evolve into a more human form with a limited vocabulary (a step up from groaning) and takes part in non-zombie activities.
He attempts "to do a lot of things to varying degrees of success," Levine says. "Driving, for instance. Let's just say his hand-eye coordination is not what it needs to be."
Source: USA Today