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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance Thursday afternoon at a preview showing of the apocalyptic film World War Z at the Regal Atlantic Station theater.

Pitt welcomed the audience to the film and thanked them for their support. He handed out a few "World War Z in Atlanta, GA" shirts to some lucky folks in the audience.

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In the film, Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a United Nations worker traveling the globe trying to find a way to contain and stop a zombie pandemic that is defeating armies and toppling governments around the world. The film is based on the best-selling 2006 novel by the same name, by Max Brooks.

World War Z opens at theaters across the nation on June 21.

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