Zack Snyder's new film replaces actor in post-production following sexual misconduct claims

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Tig Notaro attends the 36th Annual PaleyFest "Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone" at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Tig Notaro (Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

US actor and comedian Chris D'Elia has been scrubbed from his filmed role in Zack Snyder zombie movie Army of the Dead, and will be replaced by stand-up star Tig Notaro.

The movie, which is being made by Netflix and was written and directed by Snyder, had completed shooting and was set for a 2021 release.

However, in June this year, D'Elia faced accusations that he had groomed multiple underage girls and solicited nude photos.

D'Elia has denied the claims.

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However, he was later dumped by his agents CAA, and plans for a prank show, also to be produced by Netflix and fronted by D'Elia, were axed.

Chris D'Elia poses at the premiere of the film "John Wick: Chapter 2" at ArcLight Cinemas on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Chris D'Elia (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Now Notaro, who shot to fame with her 2014 stand-up show Live and then on the Amazon drama Transparent, will replace D'Elia, filming reshoots in the coming months.

According to The Los Angeles Times, she'll act opposite a partner, and in front of green screens, and then be stitched into the movie using CGI.

The movie, which is a sequel of a sort to his 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, will centre on a group of mercenaries who plan a heist on a Las Vegas casino amid a zombie outbreak.

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Notaro's new cast-mates include Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Raúl Castillo, Theo Rossi, Ana de la Reguera and Garret Dillahunt.

It's Snyder's first movie since 2017's Justice League, which he is currently re-cutting for a release on HBO Max next year.

There's no release date currently confirmed for Army of the Dead, but it's expected to emerge some time next year too.

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