THE INDEPENDENT – Lily James is best known for playing the demure Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, but her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the upcoming film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is much less decorous.

The actress will play “the most kickass Elizabeth Bennett we’ve ever seen”, according to her Mr Darcy co-star Sam Riley.

The premise of the film sees the Pride and Prejudice characters transported to an alternative version of Regency era England, where an under-class of zombies threaten to overtake the British establishment.

The Bennet sisters are trained in martial arts to help fight the zombies, but Lily James’ Elizabeth likes to use her fighting expertise to defend herself against her suitor as well.

“There is a scene where my proposal to her goes horribly wrong and we end up having a fight in the drawing room where she attacks me with the letter opener and poker,” Riley said.

“I can speak from experience that she’s pretty lethal.”

In typical Mr Darcy fashion, Riley’s character turns his nose up at the martial arts training the Bennet sisters have been given at a Shaolin temple, which he deems inferior to his own.

“We look down on them because we think Japanese style is probably best,” said Riley. “It’s the equivalent of a public school looking down on a grammar school – and those sorts of things are in the film which are quite good fun.”

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ZAP2IT – Ask any of the cast of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” what the coolest part of the film is, and they have one answer: The Bennet sisters. If you thought Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia were awesome in “Pride and Prejudice,” just wait until you see them as butt-kicking, zombie-killing ladies in corsets.

“The five Bennet sisters together are the most lethal, a**-kicking group of girls,” star Lily James tells Zap2it at San Diego Comic-Con. “We felt like the Spice Girls, except for really dangerous.”

Both Jack Huston, who plays Mr. Wickham, and Matt Smith, who plays Mr. Collins, agree wholeheartedly. “I think the coolest thing is you get to see a lot of hot chicks kick zombie a**,” Smith says.

“I don’t think you see that very much, and I think it’s really cool,” Huston notes. “When you watch the movie, it’s not like guys going out and kicking [butt]. It’s like everyone. It’s a free-for-all. Everyone is just kicka** and awesome.”

The synopsis for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” reads: “A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feist heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield.”

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As you know, Lily is on the cover of Vanity Fair “On Jewellery” supplement for August 2015 and I have found some gorgeous high quality digital scans. Make sure to check them out!

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A new and beautiful ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ portraits session from San Diego Comic-Con has been added to the gallery!

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I have added two outtakes from the Vanity Fair “On Jewellery” photoshoot. Lily looks absolutely amazing! If you wish to donate scans from this issue, please email us, we will gladly credit you.

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