If ‘90s boy bands and zombies are your thing then you won’t want to miss the premiere of “Dead 7” on Syfy Friday night. The film, which stars members of the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, 98 Degrees and O-Town, is from the same people that introduced the world to the “Sharknado” franchise.
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter teamed up with Sawyer Perry to write the screenplay for “Dead 7.” The 36 year old had mainly dabbled in music, and wanted the opportunity to act. He brought the film to Asylum, the production company behind “Sharknado,” who liked the script and wanted to see it come to life.
So, what exactly is “Dead 7”? According to the synopsis, the “genre-bending” film is set in the post-apocalyptic West. A man named Jack (Carter) brings together a group of “gunslingers” in order to unite the town and get rid of the zombies that threaten it. The problem is that the gunslingers in town are a bunch of misfits, and it will take a lot of work to take down Apocalypta (Debra Wilson), the evil ruler who controls the zombie army.
Unfortunately, the movie does not feature every member of the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, 98 Degrees and O-Town. Carter revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his bandmates Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson were unable to be a part of the flick due to “family-related reasons.” And of course, Justin Timberlake (*NSYNC), Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town), as well as Nick and Drew Lachey (98 Degrees), are noticeably absent.
Check out the full cast list below:
- Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys)
- AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys)
- Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys)
- Joey Fatone (*NSYNC)
- Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC)
- Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees)
- Erik-Michael Estrada (O-Town)
- Jacob Underwood (O-Town)
- Trevor Penick (O-Town)
- Dan Miller (O-Town)
- Carrie Keagan (“Reno 911!”)
- Debra Wilson (“MadTV”)
- Frenchie Davis (“American Idol” Season 2, “The Voice” Season 1)
- Gerardo Mejia (“Rico Suave”)
- Art Alexakis (Everclear)
- Jon Secada (Grammy award winning singer)
- Lauren Kitt-Carter (actress, producer and Nick Carter’s wife)
“Dead 7” premieres on Syfy on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. EDT. For those that miss it, Syfy is airing an encore of it on Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. EDT.