Ladies and gentlemen, please meet your new Frank West. This is Rob Riggle, a U.S. comedian you may recognise from The Daily Show, and he’ll be stepping up to play the lead role in the upcoming film adaptation of Dead Rising.
Riggle is a former U.S. Marine reservist, who served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, before returning to the US to train the military in how to respond to media requests. He was also sent to Iraq in 2007 for a very different reason – as a (satirical) war correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart.
He left the Marine Corps after 23 years of service in 2013, and has since concentrated on acting, with roles in 21 Jump Street, Step Brothers and The Internship.
Now, he’s lined up to play photojournalist Frank West, in a direct-to-digital movie based on the Dead Rising franchise. He’ll be joining Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Dallas), TV actor Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time, Vampire High), Dennis Haysbert (24, Wreck It Ralph) and Virginia Madsen (Sideways, The Number 23).
Legendary Digital Media explains:
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy.
Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.
Dead Rising: Watchtower is being written by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and is due out next year on Sony‘s Crackle service, which you can find on all major consoles, mobile devices and PC.