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Seen one zombie movie, seen ’em all? Well, not really.

Warner Brothers’ The Girl with All the Gifts is being described as “a different kind of zombie story,” according to And we’ve never seen Glenn Close in a zombie flick, so that’s new, too.

The Hollywood movie, filmed in Birmingham, England, begins with the typical formula, including humanity being nearly wiped out due to a fungal disease, with the few surviving being used to find a cure.

Things take a turn in the story when those survivors, who are mostly children, are simultaneously treated as subjects and students. The children continue to study their lessons but are strapped to their chairs because they are a danger to themselves and the people around them. While the children still think and feel like humans, they have an uncontrollable craving.

Close takes on the role of Dr. Caroline Caldwell, who conducts cruel experiments on the “hungries,” which the children are referred to. As the title suggests, there is one girl, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), who is different from the other children. It’s not quite clear to us as viewers why she’s so special, but Gemma Arterton‘s character Helen Justineau, Melanie’s teacher, sees her gifts, putting her life on the line to save the young girl.

Possibly you can draw your own theory from the below trailer?

Paddy Considine also joins the cast as Sergeant Eddie Parks.

The Girl with All the Gifts, based on M.R. Carey‘s 2014 novel, hits U.K. theaters this September and is awaiting a U.S. release date.

Does this zombie story stand out from what we’ve seen before? 

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By Brigid Brown