Two bits of info hit the wire late today with regard to the long awaited Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adaptation, one involving a casting update and the other announcing who will be distributing the film here in the U.S.
Per Deadline, Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and the “Game of Thrones” father/daughter duo of Charles Dance and Lena Headey (pictured) have joined the cast. No details were revealed regarding their roles.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, and Suki Waterhouse. Burr Steers is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers.
The film hails from Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity, and Lauren Selig. It is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm, and Sue Baden Powell.
Along with the Screen Gems deal, they’ve sold Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Iceland to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sierra/Affinity is selling other international territories.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mixes the 1817 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead. Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” (i.e., zombies).