Many readers of the original English novel of manners from celebrated Victorian novelist Jane Austen likely already have their opinions on the forthcoming feature film adaptation of contemporary novelist Seth Grahame-Smith’s genre mash-up hit of the same name, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Writer-director Burr Steer’s film is set to bring the zombie apocalypse to the staid and genteel environs of Pemberley, with plenty of gore and action to satiate viewers not otherwise thrilled by Austen’s source romance.
So far, certain information has been made known about the Bennet sisters, most notably Elizabeth (Lily James) and Jane (Bella Heathcote), as well as certain familiars regarding the two aforementioned heroines paramours, namely Fitzwilliam Darcy (Sam Riley) and Charles Bingley (Douglas Booth). And the latest batch of character one-sheets gives viewers further introduction to the film’s other well known cast of characters.
Courtesy of Empire, the latest series of theatrical posters from distributor Lionsgate sees the Bennet sisters, Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Bingley striking respective poses in preparation for a presumed battle of epic and bloody proportions. Based on all of the footage released so far, it would appear as though the cast of Steers’ new film is ready to fight in the name of their respective lovers come time of the film’s February 2016 release.
Check out the full set of character posters, below:
Whether or not Steers’ film will prove to be equally attractive to fans of novelists Austen and Grahame-Smith alike remains to be seen, though everyone looks primed for an action-romance the likes of which has remain largely unseen on the silver screen of late. In a movie that is likely to share a lot of thematic elements and aesthetic flourishes in common with the 2012 fantasy-epic Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies should provide for a wildly irreverent take on its high minded source material.
Many devoted Austen readers will likely smirk and scoff at Steers’ genre picture that at turns makes light fun of the classic novel, though perhaps not all is lost in this latest theatrical adaptation. Grahame-Smith’s novel may not be to every Victorian reader’s tastes, but hopefully the new movie will be respectfully tied to those aforementioned literary proclivities, however much they may be subjected to the production’s overriding genre-based satire.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opens in U.S. on February 5th, 2016.