Pride 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 Lantern, The 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…