Several sites are currently reporting that actress Emma Stone has been approached to play the lead in the forthcoming adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Stone, best known for her comedy roles is due to be seen in the forthcoming civil rights period drama The Help and next summers’ much hyped Spider-Man reboot.
First appearing in 2009, author Seth Graeme-Smith combined Jane Austin’s classic with a modern and macabre twist.
Set in a parallel England, Austin’s image of the tranquil countryside is turned upside down and evokes a time and place inhabited by the roaming undead and where ladies are trained in the art of self defence and the use of the musket.
The appeal of the genre mixing movie has been successfully employed in recent years and has included Don Cocarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep (an aging Elvis fights an undead Egyptian Mummy) and Timur Bekmambetov’s forthcoming reinvention of Abraham Lincoln as a fearless Vampire Hunter.
Zombie fighting is not new to Stone who appeared in 2009’s blackly humoured Zombie Land, whilst the adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s novel should provide a fresh spin on a genre that has hit overload in recent years both on the big screen and television.
Australian director Craig Gillespie is set to take the helm behind the lens. Best known for his work on the 2007 comedy Lars and the Real Girl (a story of a man falling in love with a sex doll), the director has also acquired some gore experience with the upcoming remake of the cult classic Fright Night.
Whilst shooting and release dates are not known at present, here’s hoping that this monster mash-up provides enough gore and eloquence to provide something special……