Jane Austin’s Bennet Sisters buck societal tradition and prepare for a bloody apocalypse in today’s gothic new poster for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, giving Burr Steers’ imminent genre hybrid one final moment in the sun before its arrival late next week.
Coming by way of Sony Pictures and Resident Evil experts Screen Gems, Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel thrusts Lily James in the famous role of Elizabeth Bennet. Presenting a decidedly different take on growing up on the British aristocracy, the director has teased that the class disparities and longstanding relationship with the Darcys still filters in to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Flanked by her sisters Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia, Elizabeth assembles the troops in order to defend the lush rolling hills of Pemberley, but the serene English countryside has been stained with the crimson blood of fallen allies, who raise from the dead to call all manner of chaos as flesh-munching, insatiable zombies – or the Sorry Stricken, as they’re so wonderfully referred to.
Rounding out the cast for this one are Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, former Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Game of Thrones cohorts Lena Headey and Charles Dance.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now only a week away from release. Batten down the hatches, then, because those Sorry Stricken have a tendency to bite. Burr Steers’ flick opens on February 5.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.