Jane Austen must be rolling over in her grave. And laughing. This is most definitely not your mother’s Regency romance.
Check out this wicked trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a wild hybrid of classic Austen and kick-ass modern woman. Why should the boys have all the fun?
We’ve been following this screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s spoofy sendup of the Austen classic for quite awhile now.
About the book:
“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. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.
Not just a chick flick
While originally Natalie Portman was set to star, she dropped out but remains as producer with Lily Collins set to replace her as Elizabeth back in 2012. Somewhere along the way things changed and now Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella, War & Peace) stars as Ms. Bennett, leading a female posse of bad-ass zombie hunting women. The cast includes Lena Heady and Charles Dance, both from Game of Thrones with Suki Waterhouse as Elizabeth’s sister Kitty, Bella Heathcote as Jane Bennett, with Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy and Matt Smith as Mr. Collins.
Does this look like fun or are you an Austen purist? Weigh in below.