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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies: surprising change in genre for director Burr Steers

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is somewhat surprising change in genre for the director of Charlie St. Cloud and 17 Again, Burr Steers

Burr Steers attends the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego. Burr Steers attends the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego.Picture by: Richard Shotwell/Invision/Press Association Images.

Photo: Burr Steers attends the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego. Picture by: Richard Shotwell/Invision/Press Association Images.

This adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 parody of Jane Austen’s much loved classic follows 2012’s historical supernatural mashup – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, another Grahame-Smith send up. So, at least Pride and Prejudice and Zombies doesn’t have an incredible act to follow…

The cast includes Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Lena Headey as Mr Bennet and Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as well as 11th Doctor Matt Smith as Parson Collins and Lily James (Cinderella, 2014) as heroine Lizzie Bennet.

Mr Darcy is played by relative unknown Sam Riley, previously seen as Ian Curtis in 2007 biopic Control, and as Dival in 2014’s reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent.

It will be interesting to see whether Steers manages to mesh Austen’s Regency classic with the morbid comedy of Grahame-Smith’s adaptation.

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