In 2009 a book was released that changed the way we look at Jane Austen novels. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an enthralling mash up of zombies and Jane Austen literary brilliance. The book is portrayed much like the original novel which is set in England during the reign of King Edward III but any literary novice would notice this version has added to it a bit of modern zombie flair.

The characters are similar but they now wield muskets and are hard core zombie fighting warriors. For those of you that like your reading to balance out classical literature with fanboy zombies, this is definitely worth reading.

Movie production had a bit of a rocky start back in 2009. Natalie Portman was slated to star in the film but backed out although she is still set to produce it. The production has gone through multiple directors, budgetary issues, and more but this movie and those that really wanted it depicted on the big screen were not going to let it die.

Other A list actresses names floated around such as Blake Lively, Emma Stone, and Rooney Mara. Finally, Lily James has decided to take up the reigns as Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of any adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Sam Riley of Maleficent is set to play Mr. Darcy and Bella Heathcote of Dark Shadows is set to play one of the Bennet’s daughters. I for one will always think of Keira Kinghtley as the quintessential Elizabeth Bennet and would have loved to see her carrying a musket, fighting off zombies. But hopefully Lily James can bring her feisty spirit to the role of our heroine.

IMDB currently has a release date of January 1, 2015. Everyone is excited to see this thrilling adaptation come to life and will be waiting as patiently as possible for the first trailer to be released.

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