Interviews Movies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that each generation receives its own cinematic interpretation of Jane Austen’s most famous love story. So, naturally, when our headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and her gaggle of sisters next appear on screen, they’ll not only be hunting husbands, but fending off hordes of the undead. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling mash-up novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (out Feb. 5) recounts the unlikely romance between Lizzy (Lily James) and the haughty Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), but the courtship takes place in a 19th-century English countryside where the “sorry stricken”—as the zombies are called in the book—have been roaming for more than 70 years, victims of a mysterious plague.

Director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) took over after a number of previously attached filmmakers (including David O. Russell, who had Natalie Portman slated to star) had moved on, and he chose to emphasize Austen over B-movie horror, advising his cast (which includes Game of Thrones stars Charles Dance as the kindly family patriarch and Lena Headey as a famed eye-patch-sporting warrior) not to mine the material for laughs. “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” Steers explains. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” That news may come as a shock to fans of the over-the-top Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the last Grahame-Smith book to get a big-screen adaptation. So brace yourselves, James says. “It’s definitely not camp.”

It also means those corseted Bennet girls finally get to see some real action. “Rather than knitting and crocheting, they’re polishing muskets,” says James (Cinderella). And Lizzy, she says, is unlike any leading lady she’s ever played: “She’s the most badass zombie slayer there is.” Mr. Bennet would be so proud.

Magazine scans

Lily and the cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ are featured in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (July 10) for a special Comic-Con. I have added high quality scans in the gallery, thanks to Luciana!

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Appearances

New pictures of Lily at the Glastonbury Festival on June 28 have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

Appearances

Lily was spotted at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival on Saturday (June 27). I really love her look! You can check the high quality pictures in our gallery now.

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It’s now official that Lily will attend Comic-Con this year to promote ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’! Comic-Con runs July 9-12 in San Diego.

VARIETY – Screen Gems will premiere footage and introduce cast members from “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Patient Zero” during its July 11 panel at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The event will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.

The “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” panel will include cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith, along with director Burr Steers and the book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith. The film opens Feb. 6, 2016.

Role Rumors/New Projects

RADIOTIMES – There’s much excitement in TV drama circles about ITV’s lavish eight-part drama Victoria charting the early life of the great Monarch.

But who to play her?

RadioTimes.com can reveal that ITV is aiming high and has a list of possibles which is big on the glam stakes for the Daisy Goodwin-scripted spectacular which starts filming in the autumn for broadcast next year.

Casting folk are sizing up Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke (Mother of Dragons’ Daenerys Targaryen) as well as Downton’s Lady Rose herself, the actress Lily James.

Model/actress Cara Delevingne is another contender and, if that’s not enough, actress, model and Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz is also being considered.

Last but not least on the list is Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman who, if tabloid reports about her friendship with Prince Harry are to be believed, could one day become proper royalty herself….

Made by the production company behind Poldark, Mammoth Screen, the drama will imagine Britain’s longest reigning monarch “who leaves childhood behind when she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18.”

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Appearances

Lily attended the Vogue and Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Summer Cocktail Party on June 22, 2015 in London. Stay tuned for more!

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