Craig Gillespie has found his Elizabeth Bennet, and I approve. According to Variety, Emma Stone will be lacing up for the lead role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
We've seen Ms. Stone offing the undead before, in Zombieland, but Regency corsets will be a new look – and I can't wait to hear her English accent.
The screenplay adaptation has been co-written by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the "original" book, along with Gillespie's Fright Night collaborator, Marti Noxon. Noxon has got astonishing pedigree in stories about young women dealing with social stresses while executing the living dead, of course, having been one of the most celebrated writers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Originally, the role of Lizzie was to go to Natalie Portman. Seeing her eviscerate zombies would have had an entirely different feel, I think. Ultimately, though, I'm happy we've ended up with Stone. She's genuinely, honestly laugh-out-loud funny.
UPDATE: This became "she's in talks" then "she got an offer" and, now, "she turned the offer down".