David O. Russell has rendered the undead dead.
Vulture reports that the director is leaving Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- a project based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. The reason? A scheduling conflict with star and producer Natalie Portman. Man, what a B! (Kidding)
But what's bad news for zombies is good news for Vince Vaughn. O. Russell is now directing the upcoming dramedy Old St. Louis starring Vaughn as a traveling toy salesman who's trying to reconnect with his daughter. Vulture also suggests that Russell's move is forcing Scarlett Johansson -- who committed to St. Louis earlier -- to drop out of the project because of scheduling conflicts, but also, Chloe Moretz may now be able to play Vaughn's daughter.
Now after that whole hot mess of scheduling issues, we're left with one thing for sure -- O. Russell will direct Vaughn in Old St. Louis this spring. And honestly, I'm pretty excited for this film. Since Old School, Vaughn has done nothing but be a smart-ass in his movies. It's always some clever line here or clever line there, and he's especially done a great job making audiences not take him seriously at all. So, how does the world's least serious actor handle a serious role? Hopefully O. Russell has a plan.