ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Sadly, the movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on the parody novel based off of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, has been stuck in development for longer than it deserved. See, WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS...the man who originally penned the screenplay and was originally slated to direct as well, David O Russell, was replaced by Burr Steer (17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud). Steer then decided to rewrite the script and gear it more towards realism. He said:

The first thing I did was reinsert all the Pride and Prejudice beats.

He also went back in and added some more substance to some of the male characters, Darcy (Sam Riley) and Wickham (Jack Huston). Other recognizable cast members include Lena Headey, Charles Dance ([Game of Thrones](series:201531)), and Matt Smith ([Doctor Who](series:200668)).

After much anticipation, and a lot of rewriting, we have our first visual proof that it's happening. Filming finally began last month and here is the first official image from Entertainment Weekly.

Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse)
Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse)

There might be a bit more screen time for the men in this new screenplay, but Lily James, who is playing Elizabeth Bennet, wanted to remind everyone that this story is still about the power of the Bennet women. James stated:

Even in the original story, Elizabeth’s a fighter and beyond her contemporaries in her ambitions and her ideas of women...She’s a badass warrior. She’s a ninja.

Ambitions aside, she certainly looks like a ninja with that sword! Even tight-laced corsets couldn't keep these sisters down.

[Pride and Prejudice and Zombies](movie:41129) is set to hit theaters sometime next year.

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