The Hollywood star has been lined up for a role in new movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s book which adds flesh-eating monsters to Austin’s period novel.
The film will see Portman star as heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who continues her quest for love amid a deadly battle with bloodthirsty zombies.
Producer Annette Savitch tells Variety, “Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work. The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story.”
Austen’s classic novel was previously revived in a 2005 version starring Keira Knightley, who won an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the leading lady Elizabeth Bennet.