28 years later: Charlie Hunnam protagonist? The latest news on the cast

Sources suggest that Charlie Hunnam will be one of the stars of the 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later sequel.

Charlie Hunnam

The sequel to the horror saga that began with 28 Days Later by Danny Boyle is officially in the works. After the release of the sequel 28 weeks later – and 20 years after the release of the first film – the new chapter will be titled, appropriately, 28 years later. A few days ago the news of the addition of Killing Eve star Jodie Comer to the cast was shared, but today comes the rumor about the presence of Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, potentially in the title role.

When the project was officially announced there were rumors that Cillian Murphy could also reprise her role from 28 Days Later, although this has not yet been confirmed. However, the star teased that she is "available," suggesting that she is open to the idea of returning to the horror franchise. However, he is attached to the project as an executive producer. After Sony obtained the rights to the franchise it was revealed that 28 years later it would be developed in two parts. 

Danny Boyle, who directed the original 28 Days Later, will return to direct, but only for the first of two episodes. Alex Garland, screenwriter of the first film, will write both episodes. “Before 28 Days Later there weren't many zombie films: it was a bit of a dead genre. So Danny and Alex rebooted it,” said Cillian Murphy on why the original film had such an impact on the genre. “The amount of memes – and yes, I know what a meme is – that everyone has been sending me during the pandemic has been absurd. It proves that good writing is prescient.”

The original 28 Days Later is set in London after the outbreak of a deadly contagion. Just like zombies, those who become infected lose the ability to think rationally and have the instinct to attack those who are not infected (infecting them in the process), but the big difference is that they are not dead and essentially always move fast and they hunt in packs, thus dispelling the myth of the "slow and stupid zombie", which was a novelty for horror cinema at the time.

Source: CBR