Natalie Portman has followed David O. Russell and left Seth Grahame-Smith’s literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. However she’ll still be producing the movie but will not be taking the lead role.
Miss Portman has been receiving glowing kudos for her role in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and has been rumoured to star in Alfonso Cuaron’s stuttering sci-fi flick Gravity, which has a leading lady attached for every day of the week.
Yesterday we reported how David O. Russell left the project to team up with Vince Vaughn for Old St. Louis, a project described as a ‘dramedy’. Scheduling conflicts have been cited as the reason for his non-participation. Now we can only dream of what a David O. Russell zombie film would have been like.
As mentioned , Natalie Portman is still attached to the film as producer with Lionsgate Films.
Seth Grahame-Smith’s alter-modernist text caused raised eyebrows when he took Jane Austen’s much-loved novel and added scenes featuring zombies and ninjas. It’s incredibly silly and a bit one-note, but that hasn’t stopped further efforts – Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – and studios circling them like sharks that haven’t eaten for a month… or however long sharks can go without eating and be on the verge of starvation. Phew!