Blake Lively Passes on ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

Blake LivelyPride and Prejudice and Zombies has it all. Pride. Prejudice. Probably some even cooler third thing. So, why does no one want to be in it?

A couple of weeks back, we reported that tacked onto the list of big name actresses approached to play the lead role of Elizabeth Bennett in Craig Gillespie’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was Blake Lively, who is most notable for Gossip Girl, but also for films including Green LanternThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies, Accepted and The Town. However, PAPAZ (best acronym ever) will not be Lively’s next step towards big screen prominence: she declined the starring role in Gillespie’s film.

There’s no word as to why Lively passed. All those attached have primarily good reputations. Director Gillespie was responsible for the outstanding Ryan Gosling starrer Lars and the Real Girl. David O. Russell, director of The Fighter and the very promising film-in-development The Silver Linings Playbook, wrote the script. And its producer is Natalie Portman…do we really even need to sing her praises?

Even so, it seems this film can’t find a lead actress. Others who have passed on the role include Portman herself, Anne Hathway, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Rooney Mara. And the search continues…

Source: Indiewire

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.