Monday, June 29, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I am barely 1/5 of the way through my copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I love this book. Written by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, it tells the familiar story of strong willed Elizabeth Bennet and her romance with the caddish Mr. Darcy. But this story takes place in an England where the dead have risen from the ground and zombies are a constant threat to the character's way of life. In between the pride and he prejudice of the original novel are intense scenes of graphic violence and bloody carnage. However, the novel has allowed me to indulge in my favorite pastime, casting the motion picture adaptation.

I have read that it will be developed into a movie soon, with rumors that Summer Glau is attached to play Elizabeth. While I think she can clearly kick much ass and I love Sarah Connor Chronicles, I think for the sake of the story, the cast must be entirely British.

Elizabeth Bennet - Emily Blunt

I think that Emily Blunt can play anything. I even have her in my remake of Charade with George Clooney. Obviously, she will have to do some physical training for the zombie killing stunts, but I think she can pull it off.

Second Choice - Keira Knightley.

Mr. Darcy - James McAvoy

Jimmy Mac is great with the drama like Becoming Jane or the action like Wanted. This is a perfect vehicle for him.

Second Choice - Orlando Bloom

Mr. Bennet - Alan Rickman

Who else to play the grumpy father of four daughters who constantly trains them in the deadly arts? Well, there is always my second choice.

Second Choice - Colin Firth

Mrs. Bennet - Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson has not only starred in every film ever made based on a Jane Austen book, but she has also had a hand in adapting Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice for the screen.

Second Choice - Cate Blanchett

Mr. Bingley - Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen can do great contemporary British drama, so why can't he tackle classic British drama?

Second Choice - Hugh Laurie

The rather secondary roles of Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham should be played by two comic actors, respectively, Martin Freeman and Peter Serafinowicz. And the whole thing is narrated by Kate Winslet.

Oscar, please!


Alex V said...

I also think you should cast Kevin 'The Cost' Costner in a small role. He should try his best to keep the accent while occasionally slipping into a southern "JFK" accent. And just before he is taken to darkess pits of Zombie hell he will throw his sword down and face the nearest ninja and declares "If I couldnt do it in Robin Hood, what makes you think I...." He will be taken 'back and in to the Left' of a bookshelf and will disappear forever.

Fletch said...

I haven't read the book at all, but goddamn do I love its cover. Perfection!

Big Mike Mendez said...

Alex, Kevin Costner has barely escaped the embarrassment of having TWO of the worst accents in celluloid history, let's keep him safe from himself.

Fletch, you should definitely read this book. As a fan, you will enjoy it's wit and charm.

Anonymous said...

Good to see you back into the writing mode again. I have the book sitting around at home with the full intention of reading it soon. If it is made into a movie I would agree that I'm hoping Summer Glau would get a leading role since she's the perfect ass kicking actress.

Anonymous said...

Kiera Knightley should play Elizabeth since she played her in the regular Pride and Prejudice. And Ang Lee should direct.