Warm Bodies Stills Show Nicholas Hoult's Evolving Zombie R

If you caught last night's mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, you may have seen the second trailer for Jonathan Levine's upcoming zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, the feature adaptation to Isaac Marion's entertaining take on an unlikely but amusing post-apocalyptic zombie/human love story. These new stills from the film will be familiar, if you've seen the trailer, but they still offer an interesting look at the story's lead character R.

Warm Bodies stars Nicholas Hoult as R, a zombie living in post-apocalyptic America, pondering the meaning of undeath and feeding on what's left of the living when he encounters Julie (Teresa Palmer), a pretty survivor who should be his next meal but ends up becoming his crush. As you can imagine, the story is approached with humor as we see Julie and R coming to communicate with and understand one another. The recently released trailer gave us a few new looks at the film, including a bit more of John Malkovich as General Grigio, Julie's stern, zombie-loathing father. And we also got to see a bit more of R shuffling around the airport, which included this image...

The sight of R wandering past an ad for a Museum of Natural HIstory exhibit, which features the familiar March of Progress evolution illustration is a great nod to the story, especially as we see R's posture straighten slightly as he passes in front of the last figure. Those familiar with Warm Bodies know that part of the story involves a sort of awakening in R as he falls for Julie and becomes a bit more human (and a little less zombie) in the process.

The other still Summit released also happens to address the difference between R and your typical zombie.

While the trailer emphasizes Grigio's insistence that these zombies are all dangerous monsters (and to be fair, they do feed on humans, so he's not entirely off base), a look at R next to the image of a zombie on the cover of Lucio Fulci's Zombie shows the difference between R and the monster he's made out to be. The confused expression and the 3D glasses on his head are a nice touch. Both photos together point out the in-between place where R exists, not quite a man, not quite a monster.

Warm Bodies arrives in theaters February 1, 2013. More information, photos and video can be found in our Blend Film Database.

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