As the first spin-off from Zack Snyder’s zombie heist flick Army of The Dead, Army of Thieves shares some of the previous film’s extensive cast of characters. Set in the same zombie-infested alternate universe as the original, the follow-up/prequel is more of a traditional heist comedy than its predecessor. However, despite this change in tone, the movie still shares much of Army of The Dead’s DNA.
Army of Thieves follows the story of one of the original movie’s most popular characters – the quirky German safecracker Ludwig Deiter. Set six years before the events of Army of The Dead, the movie imagines a world in which the zombie outbreak that defined the first film is in its infancy – causing havoc to established industries like banking. Deiter, who is barely beginning his career, is hired by a group of fellow thieves to break into three notorious safes as the zombie epidemic rages across the country. Although Snyder has confirmed that zombies will appear in the movie, they are not the main focus, with the plot mainly focused around the central safe heist.
While Army of The Dead fans will recognize the returning Ludwig Deiter (played by actor and director Matthias Schweighöfer), many of the Army of Thieves cast are completely new to the franchise. However, as a nod to the original film, there are also some returning roles for a few major players. Here’s the complete cast and character guide for Army of Thieves.
Reprising his role from the original Army of The Dead film, Matthias Schweighöfer plays the central character, Ludwig Deiter. Set six years before the first film, Army of Thieves sees Deiter beginning his career as a so-called “safecracker extraordinaire“. He is persuaded to join the central team after being approached by Nathalie Emmanuel’s mysterious Gwendoline. Interestingly, Schweighöfer also serves as the film’s director, with Zack Snyder stepping back as the film’s producer.
The leader of the main heist team, Emmanuel’s Gwendoline is a mysterious character whose motives are not immediately apparent. Skilled in hand-to-hand combat, Gwendoline is also Deiter’s main romantic interest in the film, as well as his recruiter. Away from Army of Thieves, Emmanuel herself is probably best known for the role of Missandei on HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, as well as the recurring role of Megan Ramsay in the last three Fast and Furious films.
The team’s getaway driver, Guz Khan’s Rolph is a slightly maniacal car expert and a crucial part of the proposed heist operation. In the film’s trailer, for instance, he is seen laughing gleefully in the midst of a fast-paced escape as his passenger, presumed to be Ludwig, recoils in terror. Khan himself is not an established action star, and is best known for his role in the British comedy series Man Like Mobeen.
The group’s “master hacker” Ruby O. Fee’s Korina is the team’s tech expert and the one responsible for finding the three safes at the center of the Army of Thieves story. Although not as physically imposing as other characters on the mission, Korina is shown to be an irreverent wise-cracking crew member, constantly blowing bubblegum as she accesses various computer systems. As for O. Fee herself, the Costa Rica-born star is both an actor and producer, best known for her roles in The Invisibles and Polar.
Described as the team’s “very own real-life action hero“, Stuart Martin’s Brad Cage serves as the crew’s muscle and enforcer. In the trailer, he is seen expertly taking down security personnel, as well as displaying an uncompromising, no-nonsense attitude in the face of Ludwig Deiter’s more whimsical approach. Martin himself is primarily a television actor, with Army of Thieves representing his first major movie appearance.
Jonathan Cohen as Delacroix: A hapless police detective on the trail of the main cast, Delacroix is shown in a less than flattering light in the Army of Thieves trailer. In addition to the thwarted law enforcement official, Parisian actor Jonathan Cohen has appeared in a number of French films and TV series.
Noemie Nakai as Beatrix: Playing a supporting role to Cohen’s Delacroix, Nakai’s Beatrix is a less senior member of the police team assembled to stop the Army of Thieves. Pior to her appearance in the movie, Nakai is primarily known for her work in a number of TV commercials, although she will also appear in upcoming crime drama, Tokyo Vice, starring Ansel Elgort.
Hiroyuki Sanada as Bly Tanaka: Although he only appears in a photograph, Hiroyuki Sanada reprises his role from Army of The Dead as billionaire Bly Tanaka. While the extent of his role in Army of Thieves is more limited, his character is still key to the events of the plot. Beyond Snyder’s burgeoning Army-verse, Sanada is well known for his performances in films such as The Wolverine and as Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat reboot.