Matt Smith, who is sadly no longer playing The Doctor on BBC’s “Doctor Who” had officially joined the cast of the big screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (and I feel all is right with the world again.)
The film is based on the wildly popular novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith. The movie is a horror-comedy spin on Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice. The heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.
Smith will be playing the role of Mr. Collins, a handsome young gentleman who is on the lookout for a wife and proposes to Bennett.
The film version has long been in the works and is finally moving forward with the cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth.
The project is scheduled to begin shooting later this month on September 24. There is no word yet on an anticipated release date in theaters.
Jack Huston, most known as the endearing and adorable man Richard Harrow in “Boardwalk Empire” has officially joined the cast of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel reimagining of the iconic Jane Austen novel.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies follows the plot of the Austen classic in a timeless tale of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
Huston will play George Wickham in the film alongside Lily James as Elizabeth Bennett, Bella Heathcote as another Bennett sister and Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy as the rebel with a cause (whose casting I vehemently disagree with by the way.)
The adaptation is being directed by Burr Steers who is most known for his work on the film Igby Goes Down. It was scripted by Steers and David O. Russell. It will be produced by Natalie Portman, Marc Butan, Sean McKittrick, Brian Oliver, Annette Savitch, Allison Shearmur and Tyler Thompson
It was reported last year that the alternative/parody novel, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was set to become a film. However, little news had been released since then and it appeared the project was halted. The novel, written by Seth Grahame-Smith, was also responsible for the novel and film adaptation, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now, Variety is reporting that the film adaptation is back on and actress Lily Collins is attached to play the lead role with Burr Steers directing. Continue reading
Warner Bros. Pictures has recently acquired the film rights to the novel, Unholy Night. The novel is the next in line of the historical revisionism fiction written by Seth Grahame-Smith. You might know Grahame-Smith because he is mind behind popular novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Continue reading