Pretty much every actress with whom pretty much everyone in America is at least somewhat in love with—Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska, and the illustrious Natalie Portman—has been in discussion for the lead role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Those are all some pretty high-profilers. Keeping that in mind, director Craig Gillespie has opted for a slightly smaller name, but not necessarily a smaller talent: Blake Lively.
Lively's biggest fanbase comes from her Gossip Girl viewers. She has also won over audiences with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies, Accepted, Green Lantern and The Town. And you know what? She seems like a pretty nice person. So I'm in her corner.
Granted, Natalie Portman fighting zombies in Victorian England would indubitably be the greatest thing to happen to our decaying planet. But Blake Lively would be a fine choice, too.
If Blake Lively does get this role, it could be her big start toward something virtuous. Up until now, she has been more of a "Oh, yeah, her... I like her," type of actress. But a Jane Austin adaptation/apocalypse flick could be the right step toward a multifaceted, adventurous acting career for the young performer. Go, Lively, go. Embrace your talents. We know you are capable of more than we've seen. We hope to see it soon.