Jesse Eisenberg takes on "Zombieland"

Tue Oct 7, 2008 5:59am EDT
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By Leslie Simmons and Gregg Goldstein

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jesse Eisenberg is in final talks to join Woody Harrelson in "Zombieland," a horror comedy about a mismatched pair of survivors who find friendship and redemption in a world overrun by zombies.

Eisenberg would play Flagstaff, a terrified shut-in whose cowardice makes him an expert at surviving the zombies but who is forced out of his shell to join the band of survivors, which includes Harrelson. Ruben Fleischer is directing the Columbia Pictures project.

Eisenberg recently wrapped a lead in Miramax's '80s comedy "Adventureland," in which he plays a recent college grad who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park. His other credits include "The Squid and the Whale," "Rodger Dodger" and "The Hunting Party."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter