Zack Snyder on Huma Qureshi: “Watched some of her material, and I was like, ‘this actress is amazing’”

by Asif Ali
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Zack Snyder’s stock has certainly risen since the release of ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League,’ with his vision shown in all its glory. The special cut that premiered this year was a major talking point even months after its release. ‘The Snyder Cut’ has already become a cult legend in cinema.

Fast forward to today and Snyder is back with his next film, ‘Army Of The Dead.’ And in casting Huma Qureshi in the movie, he has been left so thoroughly impressed that he says he wants to only cast Indian actors moving forward. Qureshi portrays the role of a woman called Geeta in the zombie horror drama, which will premiere on Netflix, reports Filmfare.

“She was written as an Indian character, and Huma is a really amazing actress, no two ways about it. We talked about who we could get, and the casting director brought her up. I watched some of her material, and I was like, ‘this actress is amazing’,” Snyder told the media. He went on to say that he didn’t think Qureshi would agree to do the film but he was happy when she agreed. “I was so happy, and finally, having her on set, she was like, you know, I want only Indian actors in my movies from now on,” he added.

Huma Qureshi, who stars in filmmaker Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead”, said her “heart bleeds” for fellow Indians facing the coronavirus pandemic but as an actor she’s sharing her work as her professional duty.

The film is set after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, when a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Sharing the poster of her from the movie on Thursday, Qureshi said even though she is deeply saddened with the crisis in India, she is sharing glimpses from her upcoming work.

“My heart bleeds as my country and my fellow Indians fight personal loss, hurt, pain and devastation every day because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I stand alongside them in sharing every bit of it with them,” she said in a statement here.

“With a heavy heart however, in keeping with my duties as a professional, I share my work for all of you to view. ‘Army of Dead’, the Zack Synder film I shot through 2019,” she said.

In the film, the actor will be seen alongside Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro and Matthias Schweighofer.

Qureshi, 34, said the film will release on May 14 in select theatres and on May 21 on Netflix.

The actor also urged everyone to follow all the necessary COVID-19 protocol to curb the spread of the virus.

“Urging those who are safe to continue staying safe and follow every possible regulation in these torrid times, while dedicating my work to those who have encountered the wrath of this pandemic and wishing them health & peace,” she said.

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