Whatever would Jane Austen think?

Matt Smith In what could be the ultimate in mash-up genres, the undead are heading to Regency England in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, due to start filming next week.

A stellar cast has boarded the project, with Matt Smith (pictured) recently named as the latest actor to join talent including Lily James, Sam Riley, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote on the film.

The conceit is that Elizabeth Bennet, rather than concentrate her efforts on making a good marriage, prefers instead to spend her time fighting off a zombie invasion which is roaming across rural Regency England.  

The film has been gestating for years, and has been the baby of actor-turned-producer Natalie Portman since 2009 when she snapped up the film rights to Seth Grahame-Smith's book for her banner Handsomecharlie Films.

With the film now under the auspices of Cross Creek Pictures, Portman is indeed producing alongside Sean McKittrick, Annette Savitch, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, Allison Shearmur and Marc Butan.

Burr Steers directs from a screenplay he worked on with David O. Russell.

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