Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first look at the badass leading ladies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In the photo, Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote) and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) have their swords at the ready as they show off their martial-arts makeover
The image comes from writer/director Steers' adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zombie-filled parody of the Jane Austen classic. The film will see the project come full circle in a way, as Steers has said his take has reincorporated more of Austen's original work. "The first thing I did [with my rewrite] was reinsert all the Pride and Prejudice beats," he said.
James, who plays lead character Elizabeth Bennet, said the Zombies version she plays actually has quite a bit in common with her literary counterpart. "Even in the original story, Elizabeth's a fighter and beyond her contemporaries in her ambitions and her ideas of women," she said. "She's a badass warrior. She's a ninja." If only the film could be retitled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Warriors and Ninjas.
Price and Prejudice and Zombies is expected in theaters in 2015.