How sweet it is to return to Jane Austen’s literary world of 19th century England, where Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy find themselves disgusted and then later strongly attracted to each other. But this time around, they have even bigger problems than personal prejudices and marriage proposals. This time, they’re dealing with zombies.
Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might seem like your typical parody of a classic story, but it actually treats Austen’s work with respect while at the same time giving it a fresh twist. Bennet and Darcy aren’t just individuals that throw clever insults at one another; they’re highly trained warriors hellbent on taking down every single zombie in their path – which as you can imagine, makes for a lot of fun.
The cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies recently dropped by the London Hotel in West Hollywood, California to chat about their new film. While there, we got to speak with the leading women: Bella Heathcote and Lily James. They spoke about reading through both Austen’s and Grahame-Smith’s books, how intensive the fight training was and how much the original novel and characters mean to them.
Check out the video above to hear what they had to say and be sure to catch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when it hits theatres this Friday!