‘World War Z’ Loses Matthew Fox and Ed Harris

Producers are rushing to recast these smaller roles as production continues in Malta on this zombie thriller.

Matthew Fox drops out of World War Z
Matthew Fox drops out of World War Z
Paramount Pictures' zombie project World War Z is currently in production in Malta, although two previously-reported cast members will not be reporting for duty. Matthew Fox and Ed Harris have dropped out of the project, just weeks after they reportedly joined the cast.

Matthew Fox was forced to bow out due to scheduling conflicts with I, Alex Cross, which starts shooting in August. It isn't known why Ed Harris stepped away from the project.

It is said that both Matthew Fox and Ed Harris had smaller roles in World War Z, but producers are trying to recast both parts rather quickly, with readings set up in Los Angeles and London.

Marc Forster is directing World War Z from a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski and Matthew Michael Carnahan, which is adapted from the Max Brooks novel. The story is set 10 years after a worldwide zombie attack, and told through multiple perspectives of survivors around the world.

World War Z was released June 21st, 2013 and stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse. The film is directed by Marc Forster.

Sources: Vulture

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Comments (23)

  1. Ghostman

    *In Luke Skywalker realizing Darth Vader is his father scream* ....nnnNNNNNOOooOooOooOOOoooooOOOOoOooOOoOOOOO00o0....

    4 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  2. Russ Taylor

    Hopefully they didn't leave because they don't like the way the screenplay is going to be so different from the book.

    4 years agoby @Russ-TaylorFlag

  3. red_ruddy

    Since Lost Fox is kinda going down a hill...a STEEP one

    4 years agoby @red-ruddyFlag

  4. skywise

    ahhhh No!

    @soylentgreen2 very very good book. There are so many OMG moments that i just cant wait to see how the hell they fit it all into one coherent movie. However, i have read that this script is excellent.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. The Soylent Green Monkey

    That really sucks. :/

    But, still, World War Z movie. F*ck Yes. Just started reading this again.

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  6. Pjwolsker

    matthew fox looks old as sh*t in this photo.
    @Kathleen-Foley then your going to miss out on a good film

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  7. Kathleen Foley

    Well if Matthew Fox isn't in it, I won't have to go and see it anymore

    4 years agoby @Kathleen-FoleyFlag

  8. m2

    That really sucks.

    4 years agoby @m2Flag

  9. thedude-abides

    @dan1 Lol. I think we will, especially with Brad Pitt already signed on to play the lead.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  10. Dan

    @thedude-abides I'm not gonna say "Good" lol, but you might end up being right at the end of the day, we could get 2 people who are as great or better.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  11. Jcberry526

    @rojodiablo Hear hear

    4 years agoby @jcberry526Flag

  12. RojoDiablo

    Not good news imo but hopefully they will bring in two guys just as good to take their places!

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  13. CUPID


    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  14. Jcberry526

    WTF was looking forwards to seeing Matthew in a big movie... but now hoping for something good from "I, Alex Cross" which also includes Jean Reno but then again it has Tyler Perry who makes them awful comedy (spoofs) movies =P

    4 years agoby @jcberry526Flag

  15. Summit10

    JMS writer for Thor and its novels from Marvel who brought He-Man, She-Ra and GhostBusters animation to greater heights! Awesome!

    Though, Fox and Harris should have stayed...we need to move on!

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  16. the Narrator

    Son of a bitch.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  17. Isaac Phillips

    NOOOOOO! >:(

    4 years agoby @isaac-phillipsFlag

  18. thedude-abides

    Good. There was a weird coherence with those two attached to the film. Matthew Fox is great on Lost, but he essentially plays Jack in every movie he's in. As for Ed Harris, he's a great actor, but not an irreplaceable one. This may be a blessing in disguise for the weary lot, depending on who they get to replace them.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  19. Timmy

    what the hell.

    4 years agoby @timmyFlag


    Damn that blows

    4 years agoby @iamfratsonFlag

  21. K-Man

    That SUCKS!!!!!

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  22. Brian


    4 years agoby @brianFlag

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