Like the main threat in its storyline, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies refuses to die, as after numerous casts, directors and screenwriters, a September shoot date has been set and Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote are set to star, with Jack Huston likely to join them, according to Deadline.
The film rights to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies were sold back in 2009 when Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel was published. Since then helmers such as David O’Russell, Craig Gillespie and Mike White have come and gone, and everyone from Emma Stone to Natalie Portman has been up for the female lead.
Now though Lily James will play Elizabeth Bennett, with Sam Riley taking on the role of Mr. Darcy and Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth’s sister. Grahame-Smith’s book is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice, which keeps much of Jane Austen’s original text, but adds in a zombie apocalypse to give the classic love story an extra bit of zing.
Burr Steers directs, with the film expected to be in cinemas next year.