The war gets bigger as Showblitz brings word that James Badge Dale, probably best known for the TV miniseries The Pacific, will be joining Brad Pitt in the Paramount adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel, World War Z.

The story is told from the point of view of a U.N. researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission who interviews survivors from all over the world that survived a plague of flesh-eating zombies that wiped out most of the population ten years ago. Pitt has been previously cast as the researcher and Dale will portray a military officer that was one of the first people to face the zombies. Mireille Enos and Anthony Mackie are also reportedly in talks for the film, which is being directed by Marc Forster.

Production is expected to start soon in preparation of a summer 2012 release.

If you want an idea about what will be showing up on the big screen, take a look at Boomtron’s book review of Brooks’ World War Z. I’m not sure how a movie based around interviews will do in the excitement department since I predict a lot of flashbacks, but it’s a different spin on the zombie apocalypse so it could still manage to be good.