After Justice League, Zack Snyder is back with Army of the Dead, currently available on Netflix. Among the film’s most notable characters is Marianne Peters, the helicopter pilot with razor-sharp punchlines played by Tig Notaro. (Star Trek Discovery). His experience withArmy of the Dead was very special, since it was added digitally, and therefore did not shoot at the same time as the other actors. Indeed, the film had been completed for several months when Chris D’Elia, the original interpreter of Peters, was accused of sexual solicitation. Zack Snyder then decided to replace him with Tig Notaro, but the pandemic came to play the spoilsport. It was indeed impossible to bring together the entire cast to shoot the scenes with the actress, so she had to do everything solo.
Interviewed by Vulture, Zack Snyder explains “I had to do this technical experiment, recreate each scene, shot by shot. Marcus Taormina, in charge of special effects, completely removed Chris from the film so that Tig could be free to move around during the scenes.” Indeed, the build of Tig Notaro being smaller than that of Chris d’Elia, it was impossible to “stick” it just above the latter, and to ask him to redo exactly the same movements as him. Tig Notaro has therefore never met his comrades from Army of the Dead before the promotion of the film, with the exception of Ana de la Reguera, with whom she was able to shoot a few scenes. The end result is quite impressive and we can only see fire there, especially in the group scenes or during which Peters interact with the other characters. In addition to Army of the Dead, during the pandemic, Zack Snyder also looked into a new movie from the universe of 300.