Hathaway & McAvoy Sought for 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'
After losing director David O. Russell and leading lady Natalie Portman, the gestating adaptation of the period drama remix Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was pretty much dead in the water. But the project seemed to get new life after writer, director and actor Mike White was brought on to helm the adaptation. Now it looks like the casting machine is up and running again (or at least the rumor mill) as Pajiba has learned that Anne Hathaway is being considered for the lead role of Elizabeth Bennett while James McAvoy might be lined up to play Mr. Darcy. However, keep in mind that these names aren't anywhere near being officially attached yet.
Remember, the same source also recently revealed that Hathaway might be attached to another longer gestating project, the remake of Barbarella which has been stuck in development hell for years. Funnily enough, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been in the same boat, but for a lesser amount of time. Even after Portman exited, names like Scarlett Johansson were being considered for the lead female role, and Hathaway is likely one of those actresses who appears on almost every project's wish list for casting. However, this casting update does seem rather intriguing (if not simply wishful thinking) since the two both starred in Becoming Jane, a drama focusing on Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen before she became the acclaimed author we know today. This could be a convenient rumor, brilliant casting or both. What do you think?