The Shmooze reported a few months ago that the race was on among Israel’s top actresses to land a part opposite Brad Pitt in “World War Z,” a zombie thriller set for release in 2014.
Well, there appears to be a winner. Hebrew-language news site Ynet reports that the role of a female Israeli soldier will likely go to Mali Levi, a model, actress and generally gorgeous 30-year-old who has also dabbled in pop music. The role will serve as Levi’s Hollywood debut, putting her on the growing list of Israeli knockouts playing key roles in American blockbusters.
In the Pitt film, Levi’s character will testify to a UN investigator about her country’s relatively successful response to a worldwide zombie epidemic. The film will be directed by Marc Forster, who helmed the most recent James Bond movie, and is based on a book by Max Brooks, the son of Mel.
Ynet notes that Levi hasn’t officially been hired, but that insiders expect a contract to be signed by the end of the month.
Levi completed multiple auditions to get the part — but already has experience acting opposite the undead, as demonstrated by one of her early music videos.
This story "Israeli Actress Mali Levi To Star Opposite Brad Pitt in Zombie Thriller" was written by Nathan Burstein.