Bill Murray’s Role Was Originally Written For Patrick Swayze

One of the most memorable sequences in the 2009 movie Zombieland was a scene when the four survivors meeting a still-living Bill Murray.

However, according to Zombieland co-writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, Murray’s role in the film was originally written for the late Patrick Swayze before his untimely death in 2009 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wernick tweeted –

In addition to Swayze and Murray, there were a few variations of the sequence written that included Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Mark Hamill, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joe Pesci, and Matthew McConaughey –

Stallone, couldn’t participate due to his schedule, and Hamill just flat-out declined, however, you can read the script pages for both of these scenes, Rhett Reese posted the pages for the proposed cameos on Twitter –

Wernick posted the pages for Hamill’s cameo –

Mark Hamill’s people gave a firm “no” on this cameo.

Apparently, there are still plenty more alternate versions of the Zombieland cameos to come from Reese and Wernick, watch this space. We’ll leave you with the  Murray cameo that they finally went with –