Lily Collins will star in the movie adaptation of the mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Lily Collins is attached to the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.' The movie was originally set up at Lionsgate with Oscar winner Natalie Portman to star, though the studio went through a revolving door of directors including David O'Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie before the project seemingly fell apart.
Following Portman's exit as the star, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway flirted with starring in it, though Lily Collins appears to have snagged the role. The producers - which include Portman - have chosen '17 Again' director Burr Steers to helm the adaptation.
Panorama will produce and finance the movie, which they intend to sell at the Cannes Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The 2009 book is a mash-up of Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as a co-author. The story follows the plot of the original book, but places it in an alternative universe version of the Regency-era of Britain, where zombies, skunks and chipmunks roam the countryside.
Zombie stories are certainly hot at the moment, with the recently released Warm Bodies making over $116 million worldwide. The producers appear to have made a clever move casting Collins, whose star is on the rise. Though she starred in Mirror, Mirror, the actress will also appear in this summer's Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Lily Collins is the daughter of British rocker Phil Collins.
Lily Collins At The 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Award