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Netflix’s Army of the Dead prequel Army of Thieves already has a trailer

Safe-cracker Ludwig Dieter takes center-stage in the spinoff

Ludwig Dieter cracking a safe in Netflix’s Army of Thieves Image: Netflix
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The zombie-killing thief of Army of the Dead is back in Netflix’s new prequel, Army of Thieves. The trailer for the heist movie was released on Sunday during the movie’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, where the cast revealed a few secrets about the project and some of their favorite moments.

Army of Thieves follows a heist conducted by Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer), a safe-cracking expert and one of the original movie’s most popular characters. This movie was in production well before the release of Army of the Dead, but it seems Netflix, Snyder, and Schweighöfer, who also the director of Army of Thieves, already had a pretty good sense that Ludwig would be a fan favorite character.

Netflix hasn’t released the teaser trailer on YouTube yet, but it starts at 26:24 on the official Comic-Con panel video:

In the trailer Ludwig is recruited by Gwendoline, Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, to pull off a massive heist with America’s new zombie outbreak as the perfect distraction. While the movie is definitely set in the post-outbreak world, this trailer is definitely lacking in the zombie-department. It seems this spinoff might be more of a pure heist movie, instead of a zombie-heist hybrid like it’s predecessor.

Thankfully, there’s no lack of action in the trailer. There are gunfights, armored-personnel carriers, and car chases for this team of thieves to deal with. And of course, the trailer also includes a massive safe for Ludwig to crack.

But even if this movie doesn’t have zombies, Zack Snyder’s hopes for a true sequel to the movie are still plausible.

“Shay [Hatten, co-writer] and I know exactly what happens next,” Snyder told Polygon in May, “and it’s insane.”

Army of Thieves is set to stream on Netflix this fall.