Martin Freeman will face Zombies in Cargo

Martin Freeman

Likely wishing his Everett Ross wasn't so snarky about the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War now he's facing the prospect of an undead plague, Martin Freeman is attached to star in new undead thriller Cargo.

Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling are on board to make their full-length directorial debuts with the film, adapting their own short (which you can find at the bottom of the page.)

The story will find Freeman as a father who is stranded in Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic and is desperately seeking a home for his most previous cargo – his infant daughter. It's a quest made all that much more difficult by the fact that he was bitten by his wife, and is slowly suffering the effects of the creeping zombification... “Martin Freeman is a singular talent who will add such depth and emotional sophistication to the role, and we know will make this story come alive in an unexpected and deeply moving way," says producer Kristina Ceyton, who also brought the world The Babadook.

Ramke and Howling are scheduled to start shooting this autumn in Australia, and the rights to the film are in play at Cannes – though Icon has already bought the title for us in the UK. In addition his small role in Civil War, Freeman has been back at work on the Sherlock set for the new series due next year. And he's part of the cast for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which just hit our screens this weekend.