Johansson Linked To Portman's Pride & Prejudice Role
SCARLETT JOHANSSON is set to tackle zombies in a new adaptation of JANE AUSTEN classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE after NATALIE PORTMAN dropped out of the movie, according to a U.K. report.
Portman originally landed the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a new film based on Seth Grahame-Smith's book which adds flesh-eating monsters to Austin's period novel.
But the actress has quit the film - and Johansson is in talks to take over as Bennet, who continues her quest for love amid a deadly battle with bloodthirsty zombies, according to Britain's Sunday Express.
A source tells the publication, "Natalie Portman was going to be playing the part but has left the project and now Scarlett is in talks."
Austen's classic novel was previously revived in a 2005 version starring Keira Knightley, who won an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the leading lady.