Newcomer Sennia Nanua Stars in ‘The Girl with All the Gifts .’ A Different Kind of Zombie Film.

Sennia Nanua

Following the release of a much-awaited trailer, The Girl with All the Gifts is already being credited with bringing major changes to the zombie film genre.

The upcoming British post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, horror thriller stars newcomer Sennia Nanua alongside Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, and Paddy Considine.

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second- generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.

The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favorite teacher Miss Justineau.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

Nanua plays Melanie and The Girl with All the Gifts marks her second major role. Nanua’s first role, a breakout performance, was in the short film Beverley. The film is about a mixed-race girl who struggles with her identity while living in poverty in the city of Leicester in England.

The Girl with All the Gifts is based on M.R. Carey’s 2014 award-winning novel of the same name. No word yet on a release date, but the film is expected to hit theaters sometime soon. Watch a trailer below.