In order to protect his family, Brad Pitt is taking on zombies!

The highly-anticipated first trailer for the Marc Forster-directed film adaptation of Max Brooks' zombie novel, World War Z, was released Thursday.

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In the zombie apocalypse thriller, Pitt, 48, stars as Gerry Lane, a family man and United Nations fact-finder who is enlisted to help save the world after zombies attack.

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The film was originally set to premiere in December, but was pushed back to June 21, 2013 after conducting reshoots. In October 2011, a source told Us Weekly, "The film is already over budget and over schedule."

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The film also stars The Killing's Mireille Enos and Lost's Matthew Fox. Watch the trailer above and tell Us: Are you excited to see World War Z?

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