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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