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The Zombified Bennets

Posted: 3rd February 2016
Category: Jane Austen News
 The Zombified Bennets

Heading to our screens on 11th February, 2016 in the UK, is the long awaited film Pride and Prejudice Zombies.

 

Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 book, the film boasts a glittering young cast of female actors including leading lady and heroine Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet, Hermione Corfields as Cassandra, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse and Bella Heathcote, who play the Bennet sisters, Lydia, Mary, Kitty and Jane respectively. Their male co-actors include Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Sam Riley and Jack Hudson. Added to this young mix of cast members, film veteran, Charles Dance appears as patriarch Mr. Bennet.

For those of you who haven't read Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice Zombies, it's essentially a spoof romance/ horror parody of Jane Austen's 1813 classic novel Pride and Prejudice. The film is set in the nineteenth century where the plague besieges England transforming humans into zombies. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr.Darcy unite forces in combatting the terrifying zombies that terrorise them getting rid of their menace. Be prepared for full on martial arts sequences, weaponry and action.

So what would Jane Austen make of her work being 'Zombified'?. Douglas Booth who plays Mr. Bingley said he didn't think Austen would mind a gory remake. He simply sums it up by saying,


"......I think she'd hopefully take it as a compliment and you know it's testament at how brilliant her original work was".


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