The fact that a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie even exists is kind of surreal when you think about it. It wasn’t really that long ago that this kind of insane horror literary mashup was the kind of thing confined solely to quiet corners of your local book store, maybe sitting next to a Kim Newman novel. (Hey, why haven’t they made an Anno Dracula movie yet?) But now, in the days of the all-important nerd demographic, when movies like Ant-Man and Warcraft exist, the idea of a movie that throws together the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with flesh-eating hordes of the undead almost seems like business as usual. This is the world we live in. Take a moment to appreciate that. And after that moment, come watch these two new clips from the upcoming film that showcase Lily James’ take-no-prisoners Lizzie Bennet, Lena Headley’s sinister Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Sam Riley’s leather overcoat-clad Mr Darcy. The clips already show that if nothing else director Burr Steers has a flair for eye-catching action, the POV-decapitation being a good example. More of this can be seen in the full trailer, which hit the web late last year. No doubt Sony will be marketing the film as much as possible, in an effort to avoid the meager reception of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Check out the clips and the official synopsis below.
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.