Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesWhat would Jane Austen do?

Chances are good that Austen could never have envisioned one of her most beloved novels being remixed into a weird zombie love story and then adapted for the movies - movies would blow her mind, for sure! - but we do think she'd approve of this casting.

"Game Of Thrones" cast members Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's book, "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," which is described as "an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem." Okay! Writer/director Burr Steers ("Charlie St. Cloud," "17 Again") has penned the latest iteration of the script. You might remember that Dance recently teased us about returning to Westeros, but it seems the "Dracula Untold" actor is keeping busy no matter what happens to Tywin.

Lily James is attached to star as Elizabeth Bennet, with Matt Smith ("Dr. Who," obvs) as Mr. Collins, Douglas Booth as Mr. Bingley, Jack Huston as Mr. Wickham, and last but never least, Sam Riley ("Maleficent") as Mr. Darcy. We just knew Riley's role as Maleficent's transmogrifying sidekick was a breakthrough performance for him, although he was awfully good as the late Ian Curtis in "Control."

We're not sure anyone can compare to Benedict Cumby as Mr. Darcy, though. Just based on this photo alone.

"Game of Thrones" can get pretty nasty, but at least it's zombie-free. (Uh, as far as we know. No spoilers!) As for the movie, we've got a wait-and-see attitude. The film adaptation of Grahame-Smith's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was pretty darn silly, and not in a good way. Still, zombies and Jane Austen and the Lannisters! What could go wrong?

Screen Gems will distribute. The film has not yet gone into production.

[Via Deadline]

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