Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming zombie apocalypse series, Black Summer.
Black Summer will premiere on the streaming service on April 11 and serves as a prequel to Syfy's Z Nation, which is also currently available on the streaming service. However, whereas Z Nation focused on a zombie infection four years after the initial outbreak, Black Summer deals with it in its early days and how America reacted to the spread of the virus.
The show will star Jaime King as Rose, a young mother trying to find her daughter after becoming separated. Rose eventually has to ally herself with other refugees, which leads to trust issues and survivors making tough decisions in a world no longer governed by civilized rules. While Z Nation's tone is campier, Black Summer looks like a straight-up action/drama along the lines of World War Z and a more high-octane The Walking Dead.
The official synopsis reads:
Set in the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, BLACK SUMMER stars Jaime King as Rose, a mother torn from her daughter who embarks upon a harrowing journey to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, these complete strangers must find the strength they need to fight their way back to loved ones. But in order for Rose and her team to brave this hostile new world, they will need to make brutal decisions to contend with zombies - and each other.
"Really, the only similarity between Z Nation and Black Summer is that the Black Summer is the first summer that Z Nation took place in. Z Nation, when it begins, is in year four of the zombie apocalypse," Z Nation producer Jodi Binstock told SyFy Wire last year. "Black Summer is three months in; this is the first outbreak, this is when all the sh-t's hitting the fan. It's not tongue-in-cheek at all. It is as realistic as any television I've ever seen."
Starring Jamie King, Justin Chu Cary, Kelsey Flower, Gwynyth Walsh, Christine Lee, Mustafa Alabssi, Erika Hau, Sal Velez Jr. and Edsson Morales, Black Summer premieres on Netflix on April 11.