Present in the cast of Army of the Dead, the French actress Nora Arnezeder tells for AlloCiné her experience with Zack Snyder on this new zombie movie, to be discovered on Netflix on May 21.
AlloCiné: How did you come to this film, Army of the Dead?
Nora Arnezeder: I had an audition, a tape more precisely. So I filmed myself in my living room with the precious help of my guy who was giving me directions behind his iPhone. I sent the tape. Then no news. I forget about the hearing and move on. A month later, my agent calls me and tells me I got the part! I didn’t immediately realize that it was for Zack Snyder. Then my agent sent me an email with all the details. I was so happy !!
You have already shot in various international and American productions, how does the movie Army of the Dead differ from your previous international experiences?
It’s a physical role that required a lot of work. A real role of composition. Lily is a warrior. A strong woman. but it was also necessary to humanize it. A flawless superhero is less interesting. I did a real job of introspection for this role. Without going into the clichés we could have of a zombie slayer. I had to go find the warrior in me.
Zack is amazing. He has such confidence in his actors. He leaves us the freedom to improvise, to seek, to propose. He really loves his actors. It is a pleasure to work with him.
Can you tell us a little more about your character and his interaction with zombies?
Her name is Lilly and she is a survivor known as Coyote. She has all the skills to survive in a hostile environment. She helps her colleagues to enter the zombie-infested quarantine zone. She is cunning and skillful and knows every nook and cranny of the casino and the rules to survive all kinds of threats our characters might encounter. Lilly is a quiet force. She knows how to handle weapons.
How was the shooting with Zack Snyder and with the rest of the cast?
Zack is amazing. He has such confidence in his actors. He leaves us the freedom to improvise, to seek, to propose. He really loves his actors. It is a pleasure to work with him. He brought together a very eclectic cast. We all got along very well.
Army of the Dead is a highly anticipated film by Zack Snyder fans. Were you familiar with his work before touring with him? Are you excited to check out his Justice League Director’s Cut?
I know Zack’s work well. He reinvented the zombie movie with Dawn of the Dead (Army of the Dead) and he will reinvent the genre a second time with Army of the Dead! And yes, I can’t wait to discover his director’s cut of Justice League. He deserves it so much!
Army of the Dead is the cornerstone of an expanded universe on Netflix with a prequel starring Jonathan Cohen and an animated series spin-off centered on the character of Dave Bautista. Can we hope to see you again in another Army of the Dead project?
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you more because I don’t know more. All I can tell you is that Matthias Schweighöfer, who stars in Army of the Dead, made a prequel. With Jonathan Cohen whom I adore as an actor. I am proud to see all of this incredible talent brought together in the Army of the Dead universe. And I hope that this universe will emancipate itself over time. The future will tell !
Interview by Mégane Choquet on February 26, 2021.