Will Blake Lively Dress Up For 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’?

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 23, 2011 3:45 AM
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Here we go again. Despite names like Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson and Mia Wasikowska all being tossed around as potential leads for the forever-gestating "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" the film is yet to find an Elizabeth, and today, yet another contender has emerged.

The folks over at Twitch are reporting that Blake Lively has been offered the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet in the film. Director Craig Gillespie -- who despite previous reports is not off the project -- has apparently met with her and the part is now on the table. It's an interesting move, and one that should get fanboys talking but it's not an unreasonable choice, though it will be her biggest role to date. Lively has impressed in "The Town" and "The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee" and while she was pretty dreadful in "Green Lantern" so was everybody else, so we're willing to give her the benefit of the doubt here. From another perspective, former director David O. Russell previously said that budget concerns were the reason he bounced from the directing project. Certainly, Lively, who is still making her path in the feature film world is a much more... affordable option for a film with a thrifty accounting department.

Of course, this is just an offer and who knows if she'll take it and we'd wager there are probably other contenders on the sidelines in case she turns it down. When we spoke to Gillespie last month, he revealed he was hoping to get "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" rolling next year. “I’m hoping to be shooting in the beginning of next year, so we’ll see,” Gillespie said. “David O. Russell wrote a great script, but I actually just wrote a rewrite with [‘Fright Night’ screenwriter] Marti Noxon and we’re just going after cast.”

It seems like they are on schedule and hopefully once they nail down their Elizabeth the rest of the pieces can fall into place. While any project that has been developing this long is bound to feel a bit damaged, we remain somewhat optimistic given that Russell's script is still being used as the foundation. So fingers crossed, but man, let's get this thing cast already.

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11 Comments

  • Avel | September 26, 2011 9:08 AMReply

    Have to agree with everyone here- she really can't act. She performs in exactly the same way in all the movies I've seen her in. I can't believe there are people who think that her performance in "Pippa Lee" and "The Town" were even remotely good! She's just awful!

    And yeah, this movie needs to not be made- when Emma Stone and Natalie Portman turn it down, that's saying something about the script.

  • Rachael | September 25, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    I think this film could be good, but they really need to stop throwing names such as Blake Lively around. She is a very weak actress, her performance in the town was mediocre and the only reason people where saying it was good was probably because she had her tits out for the majority of the movie.

    I also highly doubt she could pull off a good English accent either. What they need to do is cast a young up and coming actress who is actually British. Why are the desperately trying to cast an American actress in the lead part? There is lots of young talented actresses in the UK who would fit that part perfectly, and it would also start someone's career instead of boosting someone else's.

    Suppose your name gets thrown around a lot of tables when your sleeping with Leonardo Dicaprio.

  • JP | September 23, 2011 10:38 AMReply

    "Boobs Legsly"

    Nice.

  • Laura Eilbeen | September 23, 2011 8:29 AMReply

    The only way this film could get any worse if Lively was cast would be to actually MAKE it and show it to the mass public with Lively at the lead. When there are hundreds of much more talented up and coming actresses, why the hell would they offer the lead to someone who is known better for her figure (aka Boobs Legsly) and style than her talent?!

  • JP | September 23, 2011 6:30 AMReply

    When the likes of Emma Stone and Mia W. (allegedly) turn down the lead role, that's a red flag right there.

    Blake's PR team needs to stop trying to make her happen, as she'll never be an A-lister. Please, her Time 100 inclusion (the biggest WTF? in that list) was rusty nails-painful enough.

  • Caroline | September 23, 2011 5:46 AMReply

    WHAT? She was passable at best in The Town.

  • liz | September 23, 2011 5:34 AMReply

    OMG this will be hilarious if it happens. I'm taking this will probably be a so bad it's good performance.

  • emma olands | September 23, 2011 5:31 AMReply

    she was painful to watch in greenlantern, she just have a great publicist that's all

  • Edward Davis | September 23, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    Easy to say, but Lively has hella impressed at least twice.

    The Secret Life of Pippa Lee, The Town, no joke.

  • layla | September 23, 2011 4:38 AMReply

    I'm going to assume the previous comment was dripping in sarcasm, because no one can make that statement with a straight face.

    No doubt the girl has great boobs and legs, but, the girl can not act her way out of a paper bag.

    I love Austen and I love zombies. This casting would actually break my heart. Lizzie Bennett, she is not.

  • Brandt | September 23, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    Blake Lively is really stunning and very talented. Good for her to keep landing such high profile roles. She deserves it. She is incredible and she is amazing. It'll be an equisite performance, just wonderful.

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