Though Jane Austen likely continues to spin in her grave, Burr Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps managing to shamble its way forward. In addition to landing domestic distribution through Screen Gems, the 19th century zombie apocalypse film also boasts the addition of Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Lena Headey. There are no indications as to which roles the attached cast members will be embodying, but the recent casting news comes as a good sign for fans who have been waiting to the novel realized on the big screen. It’s currently scheduled for a 2015 release.
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Word of Dance and Headey’s involvement in the mash-up’s adaptation comes courtesy of Deadline, who also report that Screen Gems will be handling U.S. distribution of the film. As we previously reported, Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will start shooting on September 24 after a number of years in development. In addition to Dance and Headey, Matt Smith, Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth also star.
Here’s the book synopsis:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?” [Amazon]