Sam Riley and Lily James cast in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 August 2014
Sam Riley

Sam Riley

Sam Riley and Lily James have been cast in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies', along with Bella Heathcote, and the movie will finally begin filming next month

Sam Riley and Lily James have been cast in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'.

The 'Control' actor will portray Mr. Darcy opposite James as heroine Elizabeth Bennett and Bella Heathcote as one of her sisters in the movie, which is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel mash-up of Jane Austin's classic 19th century drama which sees the romantic exploits of the lead characters disrupted when they are faced with an army of the "sorry stricken".

Jack Huston is also in talks to join the project.

The film has been in development for some time and has seen numerous changes but, according to Deadline, it will now finally go ahead with Burr Steers directing from a script he has re-written based on an earlier draft from David O. Russell.

When the movie was first announced, Natalie Portman - who remains as a producer - was first attached to the lead role, and it was then offered to Emma Stone, who passed in 2011, and Lily Collins was also considered.

As well as 'Silver Linings Playbook' filmmaker Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie have all previously been in the running to direct, and have worked on the script, as have other writers including Jane Espenson.

Filming is scheduled to begin next month.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Burr Steers
  • Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Emma Greenwell
  • UK release: 11 February 2016

Elizabeth Bennet (James) and her sisters live in Regency England, which is experiencing a plague of the undead; luckily she has fighting skills learned in China (eh?). James, Riley as Mr Darcy and the rest are all good fun, but it feels like a decent Austen adaptation weighed down with superfluous zombies.

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