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Martin Freeman at the TV BAFTAs on May 8.(Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

He may have narrowly missed zombification in Shaun of the Dead (check out his brief appearance here), but it looks like Martin Freeman’s undead-dodging luck has finally run out.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s signed up to star in new movie Cargo as Andy, a father who’s attacked by zombies and has 48 hours to find his infant son a guardian before the zombie virus takes effect.

It’s the latest role in an eclectic range of projects undertaken by Martin in the last few years: from playing a hobbit in Middle Earth to a journalist in the Middle East in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, not to mention his current role in Marvel megabuster Captain America: Civil War. And that’s not even counting Sherlock, the eagerly awaited fourth season of which is currently being filmed in London.

Cameras start rolling on Cargo this fall, with Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke in the directors’ chairs. It was their seven-minute short film of the same name that inspired the movie, after it became a YouTube hit in 2013 and was named a finalist in Australia’s Tropfest film festival.

Sort of like Cast Away crossed with The Walking Dead, it was hailed for breathing new life into the zombie genre. Here it is (but be warned: it’s as much a tearjerker as a horror-fest):

The feature version starring Martin has not yet been given a release date, but with filming due to start in Australia in the fall, we expect it’ll hit the big screen some time in 2017.

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Filed Under: Martin Freeman, Zombies
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.