Lily Collins Gets Lead In ‘Pride Prejudice & Zombies’

Lily Collins has landed a role in Pride Prejudice and Zombies. The movie is an adaptation of the book about the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.

Collins would play the Elizabeth Bennet character.

Variety reports Burr Steers is on board to direct. Natalie Portman is one of the producers. The film has been in development for some time. In 2011 Emma Stone, Blake Lively and Rooney Mara were considered for the lead.

Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell wrote the screenplay. He left the project in 2010 because of the budget.

He told the Wall Street Journal, “The studio budgeted it as a genre zombie movie and gave me $25 to $28 million. I was like, that’s not cool. We have crazy big action sequences in it. It’s very commercial; we have a major romance. It’s a period film. And we’re doing it on the budget that we did ‘The Fighter’? It made no sense to me. That I found was frustrating.”

Collins will also be seen in the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones.

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