Comic-Con: 'Patient Zero' Brings Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer, Debuts First Footage

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The Screen Gems film about a deadly virus hits theaters in 2016.

Not everyone is affected by a devastating infection in the same way, as the first trailer for Patient Zero proves.

A rough cut of the film's trailer was screened during the Screen Gems panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, with stars Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Clive Standen (Vikings) and John Bradley (Game of Thrones) on hand to discuss it. Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le also participated. 

The trailer introduces a man (Smith) who has the ability to communicate with the zombie-like creatures who are taking over the planet. In an effort to find the cure, he tracks down Patient Zero (Stanley Tucci, who did not attend the panel), who for some reason does not exhibit the usual symptoms of the virus.

Dormer made it clear during the panel that the film's baddies are not "zombies" per se. She pointed out that her character has been tasked with saving the planet, about which she quipped, "Easy enough."

Dormer answered a fan's question about the film's themes, and then she told Smith to finish explaining where she had left off. However, Smith decided he couldn't actually expand on her thoughts. 

"You should be, like, president of America or something," Smith, who also took part in Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies panel, joked to Dormer. 

Standen explained that the film's tension centers on the infected thinking they are "the new evolution of mankind." He added, "These are people that want to wipe us out, the human race." 

Screen Gems releases the film in theaters in 2016. We will post the trailer as soon as it becomes available. 

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