This is about the only way I would want to watch a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, since nothing can replace Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in my heart. Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which spent years in development hell, will finally hit the big screen in 2016. The Jane Austen/zombie mashup stars Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) as Elizabeth Bennet and Sam Riley (Maleficent, Byzantium) as Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth’s sisters will be played by Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, Not Fade Away) as Jane, Ellie Bamber (The Musketeers) as Lydia, Millie Brady (Mr. Selfridge) as Mary and Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) as Kitty. Aisling Loftus (Mr. Selfridge) will play Charlotte Lucas, with the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith as Mr. Collins. Douglas Booth (Great Expectations, Jupiter Ascending) will play Mr Bingley, joined by Emma Greenwell (Shameless) as Caroline Bingley, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Mr. Wickham and Morfydd Clark as Georgiana Darcy. Charles Dance and Lena Heady have also been cast in unspecified roles.

Screen Gems have announced they will debut footage at this week’s Comic Con. The July 11 panel will include  Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith, director Burr Steers and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Burr Steers decided to take a refreshingly straight-faced approach to the film. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink,” he explained. Lily James said “It’s definitely not camp. Rather than knitting and crocheting, they’re polishing muskets.”

EW has released the first promotional photos of the films heroines below. Suki Waterhouse didn’t enjoy her costume as much as her screen sisters. Suki said “I play Kitty Bennet, who is quite dim and boring. The girls got these amazing push-up bras, slits up their dresses and sexy garters, and I had to wear a horrible dowdy dress and have my hair dyed mousey brown. I got the p*** taken out of me constantly.”

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is slated for a February 2016 release.

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Images ©EW Image Credit: Jay Maidment

 

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

3 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    Sounds fun! You are right, though, the adaptation with Colin Firth must be the definitive Pride and Prejudice.

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    • Olga Hughes

      Nothing beats that version of Pride and Prejudice!
      The author of this one also wrote Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – it’s supposed to be really silly but I will have to check it out.

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  2. Underdogge

    Well, as long as they don’t bob up and down and wave their knickers in the air – it’s a British phenomenon to have at least one silly song in the hit parade in summer and back in 1970 and frozen to death the song was one called “Why don’t you bob up and down, wave your knickers in the air”. But Olga you are probably too young to remember that. Can’t tell what this film will be like till it comes out but it sounds as though, if it’s a fan-fiction parody at least it will be a jokey fan-fiction parody.

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