Emma Stone Offered Zombie Lead
Emma Stone has been offered the lead role in Lionsgate’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, directed by Lars and the Real Girl’s Craig Gillespie. The movie is an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s book by the same name. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a mashup of Jane Austen’s 19th century comedy of manners and romance with a nightmarish horde of flesh-eating undead thrown in. What’s not to love? Gillespie described the plot as essentially a love story between Elizabeth, the story’s heroine, and Darcy saying “There’s a lot of action in this. There are a lot of big set pieces in this film, which is exciting. Basically, as I said to the studio, at the core it’s a love story between Elizabeth and Darcy. If that’s not working, and we’re not rooting for those two get together through all this craziness, the movie is not going to work. That’s key to me, to have this great emotional story going on, and all this craziness.”
Grahame-Smith is said to be writing the script with Marti Noxon.
Emma Stone is no stranger to the Zombie genre. She put in an memorable performance as ‘Wichita’ in Ruben Fleischer’s ZomRomCom (that’s Zombie Romantic Comedy for the uninitiated) Zombieland a couple of years ago. If Stone accepts the role, fans of the mashup genre are in for a real treat.