THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The undead are no match for the Bennet sisters.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ first trailer debuted at the Screen Gems panel at Comic-Con on Saturday in Hall H, showing Elizabeth Bennet in all her dagger-swinging glory.

Director Burr Steers directed the film adaptation of author Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, which stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Lena Headey. The film focuses on the heroes of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice as they face the zombie apocalypse.

“Not only is she master of the female arts but the deadly as well,” a character says of Elizabeth (James) in the trailer.

James told the Hall H crowd that her Elizabeth will be a “fierce” one. “Being us five girls, the Bennet sisters, fighting together and destroying together was really, really fun,” she said of her castmembers.

Matt Smith (Mr. Collins) said that the film maintains what readers are used to from Austen’s book, except that “people’s heads are getting blown off.” He added: “Zombies are exactly what Pride and Prejudice needed, I think.”

Jack Huston (Mr. Wickham) was rather tight-lipped when asked how his character has changed from the book, explaining that he was reluctant to give too much away. But he did say that, of all the film’s characters, Wickham had been altered the most from Austen’s iteration.

Grahame-Smith said he didn’t have a lot of notes for Steers, as he was “just excited it was getting made,” given the project’s “false starts.”

“My intention was taking all of [Austen’s] themes and turning them up to 11,” Grahame-Smith continued.

Screen Gems releases Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in theaters Feb. 5, 2016.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might not be your typical story of the undead, but you still dispatch the walkers in the same old-fashioned way.

The cast of the upcoming film based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book — including Lily James, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote — stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con to talk about killing zombies in old-timey clothes.

“You have to kill them twice. You have to get them in the brain. Then they’re screwed and never coming back,” James says. “[The film’s costume designer Julian Day] added leather and an Eastern influence on the costumes. At times, I had a leather corset and tight pants and other times, a big skirt that I could lift up and kick them in the head.”

For more from James and the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies cast, check out the full video above.

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.

YAHOO – Lily James has revealed how she is looking to play more contemporary roles, where she can wear jeans and T-shirts.

The 26-year-old actress, who played Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action remake and Lady Rose MacClare in ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, will next star in BBC One’s War And Peace as Natasha Rostova.

But she admitted she is looking for a more modern part, saying: “I just want to feel really challenged, and push myself so I think the best way of doing that is by doing something completely different. I’ve done with period for a while, I think.

“But if the right director comes knocking you’ll do anything,” she continued, adding: “I’m saying jeans, no bra, T-shirt and a cigarette (is) much more like me.”

Paul Dano, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Gillian Anderson will also star in the BBC’s small-screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, which is expected to air on screens later this year.

Lily said: “It’s going really well. The director, Tom Harper, is amazing. It’s a beautiful adaptation and I’m really excited about it and it’s a really interesting character, such darkness.

“The character’s amazing and the journey she goes on, it’s quite a weird mental shift, to have gone from Canada promoting Cinderella to Lithuania being Natasha. It has been a really weird sensation for my mind. I feel a bit schizophrenic.”

Of her co-star James, the actress said: “I’ve known James [Norton] a long time. He did a play with one of my really good friends.”

Lily graces the cover of InStyle Australia. You can read an excerpt of her interview below. The July issue is on sale now!

INSTYLE – From “Downton Abbey” to Disney princess, the star’s Cinderella story is just beginning. In our latest issue, she opens up about her silver-screen debut and her dreams for the next chapter.

Meet Lily James. Though she graduated from drama school just four years ago, she’s already worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Dominic West, Maggie Smith, Rosamund Pike and Helena Bonham Carter. In other words, she’s red hot. In the July issue of InStyle (on sale now), James, 26, charms as she muses on the gruelling audition process for Cinderella, her new-found confidence on the red carpet (wearing Balenciaga, Dior, Prada et al.) and being a Jennifer Lawrence fangirl. Here’s a taste of what she has to say…

On filming Cinderella: “At one point, it all became too much and Helena Bonham Carter said to me, ‘Have one breakdown a week; it makes people remember that you’re human.’”

On taking advice from George Clooney: “When I met him, he said that when they’re casting, they genuinely look at your Twitter followers. I don’t know whether it makes me want to cry or think, ‘F*** it, if that’s the way the world’s going, then embrace it.’”

On escaping to Qualia on Hamilton Island: “It takes your breath away, it’s a perfect paradise. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park when I looked out onto the islands, expecting a dinosaur to fly out! I travelled to Whitehaven beach by helicopter and had a Champagne picnic, then went to the Great Barrier Reef. I have never seen anything like it.”

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