Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has suffered a couple of serious shotgun blows to the gut. First, director David O. Russell drops out due to scheduling conflicts. Then, Natalie Portman bows out of playing lead Elizabeth Bennet, for fear that she was too old. So who will Lionsgate get to fill in the blanks?
Deadline.com is reporting a number of names in the running for work on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Mike Newell (Prince of Persia), Neil Marshall (The Descent), and David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy) are all said to be in the running for directorial duties. In front of the camera, Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) are rumored to be in talks for the lead roles of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. It's all just rumor and speculation at this point, but keep your eyes peeled.