Downton Abbey's Lily James cast in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'
Downton Abbey actress Lily James has been handed a starring role in the upcoming screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's strange, apocalyptic version of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Smith's book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, takes the author's original tale and runs it alongside a George A. Romero-inspired story about the dead rising from their graves.
Natalie Portman was expected to star but has dropped out of the role, although according to a report by Deadline she is being retained in a role as a co-producer. Bella Heathcote and Sam Riley have also been confirmed to have roles for the film, which has been in production for five years. More castings have yet to be announced but there is talk of a role for Jack Huston, who fans of Boardwalk Empire will recognise from his role as Richard Harrow.