(Left) Jodie Comer as Kathy in 20th Century Studios' 'The Bikeriders'. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved. (Center) Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Sergei Kravinoff / Kraven the Hunter in 'Kraven the Hunter.' (Right) Ralph Fiennes in Searchlight Pictures' 'The Menu.'

(Left) Jodie Comer as Kathy in 20th Century Studios' 'The Bikeriders'. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved. (Center) Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Sergei Kravinoff / Kraven the Hunter in 'Kraven the Hunter.' (Right) Ralph Fiennes in Searchlight Pictures' 'The Menu.'

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  • Jodie Comer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ralph Fiennes are starring in ‘28 Years Later’
  • Danny Boyle and Alex Garland are behind the new movie.
  • Sony is distributing the movie, the start of a trilogy of films.

After many years in the wild weeds of speculation and rumor, director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland finally confirmed that they’re getting back to the world they created with 2002’s ‘28 Days Later’ for a brand new follow-up called ‘28 Years Later’.

And far from just making one movie, their plan is actually to launch a trilogy, with Garland writing all three and Boyle directing the first. The initial round of casting has begun with Jodie Comer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ralph Fiennes joining the movie per Deadline.

28 Years Later

28 Years Later

Not Yet RatedJun 20th, 2025

The third instalment in the 28 Days Later franchise and first in a new trilogy. Premise TBA. Read the Plot

What’s the story of the ‘28 Days Later’ movies?

Cillian Murphy in 2002's '28 Days Later.'

Cillian Murphy in 2002's '28 Days Later.' Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

2002’s original movie saw Cillian Murphy playing Jim, a bicycle courier left in a coma after an accident. He awakes nearly a month later to discover London and the wider world have gone to hell after animal rights activists released a chimp infected with a virulent, genetically engineered plague that has spread to the population, leaving the city near deserted and haunted by roving packs of the rage-driven ‘infected’.

That was followed by ‘28 Weeks Later’ in 2007, which saw Juan Carlos Fresnadillo taking over directorial duties, with Boyle and Garland stepping back to be executive producers. The sequel is set as American forces arrive to help clean up Britain, civilians caught in the crossfire between soldiers and the remaining infected.

While the plot of the new movie is being kept under wraps for now, the title points to picking up the story decades after the original and seeing what has happened to the country since then. We’re guessing nothing good, but with Boyle and Garland involved, it’ll be entertaining finding out.

Who are the new actors playing?

Bryan Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Sony's 'Bullet Train.'

(L to R) Bryan Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Sony's 'Bullet Train.' Photo: Scott Garfield.

As with the story info, we don’t yet know who the three new actors will be doing in the movie –– but they’re interesting nonetheless, since the 2002 entry was largely cast with rising stars and a few veterans sprinkled into the mix.

While Comer and Taylor-Johnson aren’t exactly veterans, they’re well established –– and that goes without saying for Fiennes.

Related Article: Nia DaCosta in Talks to Direct Part Two of ‘28 Years Later’ Trilogy

What’s happening with the ‘28 Years Later’ trilogy?

'The Marvels' director Nia DeCosta.

'The Marvels' director Nia DeCosta.

With Boyle taking on the first movie, the plan is for him to direct it this year and for production of the second to kick off once the first has wrapped to ensure continuity of storytelling while each director will bring their visual stamp to their movie.

Nia DaCosta, who handled last year’s ‘The Marvels’ and 2019’s ‘Candyman’ follow-up was reported in talks earlier this month, and according to Deadline’s new story, she’s aboard to direct the second movie.

When will ‘28 Years Later’ be in theaters?

Sony, which won the rights to produce and distribute the new movies, has yet to announce a release date for any of them.

Cillian Murphy in 2002's '28 Days Later.'

Cillian Murphy in 2002's '28 Days Later.' Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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