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There's a moment in The Rewrite when a nostalgic Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) heads to YouTube to relive his Academy Awards winners' speech for screenwriting. It's an archive clip of Grant himself picking up a prize, he's floppy-haired, charming and reminds you of just how good he was back in the Notting Hill height-of-fame era.
There have, of course, been great roles for Grant since then. 2002's About a Boy represents a career high, while the criminally-underseen Cloud Atlas saw him in chameleon mode, switching effortlessly between six different characters.
The Rewrite is Grant's fourth starring role for Marc Lawrence (putting the filmmaker in Richard Curtis territory in terms of collaborations), but when their last outing was Did You Hear About the Morgans?, you can guess where this one is going. »
(Cbr) In a move destined to delight genre fans, Deadline reports that popular "Game of Thrones" actors Charles Dance and Lena Headey will mix it up with the undead — no, not wights — in the film adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." This announcement follows hot on the heels of the casting of "Doctor Who" alum Matt Smith, and (last month) Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote. Along with this casting update comes news that Screen Gems has acquired the U.S. distribution rights, following deals already set up with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 mashup that introduces the walking dead into the world of the Jane Austen classic, the long-gestating film is written and directed by Burr Steers. »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
British star Lena Headey ('Game of Thrones') and Charles Dance (also 'Game of Thrones') are the latest to sign up for twisted Jane Austen adaptation 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'. The horror themed period mash-up based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith has been picked up for Us distribution by Screen Gems. It's been a long time coming and the projects been through all sorts of development but thankfully with Burr Steers ('Igby Goes Down') at the helm and an impressive cast setup the production should now be moving forward with some gusto. Headey (below) and Dance join Lily James ('Downton Abbey'), Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote ('Dark Shadows'), Jack Huston, Douglas Booth ('Noah') and Matt Smith ('Doctor Who'). »
Charles Dance and Lena Headey are both joining the production of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The actors are best known for their roles in Game of Thrones, playing Tywin Lannister and Cersei Lanninter respectively.
The pair join the continuing growing cast of the adaptation of the popular novel which is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, albeit one that introduces brain eating zombies into the story. Less than a week ago it was announced that Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame had joined the cast as Mr Collins. However there is still no word as to who Charles Dance and Lena Heady will play in the film.
Production is set to start today with Burr Steers directing the flick. The film is set for release sometime in 2015. The film also stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans), Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Worried About the Boy »
- Thomas Roach
It’s a Lannister family reunion—except this time, brains might be the primary dish on the menu.
EW has confirmed that Charles Dance and Lena Headey, who play father and daughter Tywin and Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, will be joining the cast of the film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was just bought by Screen Gems for U.S. distribution rights. Deadline first reported the news.
The film centers around several romantic relationships in 19th-century England that are complicated by varying social stratas and one small wrench: a full-blown zombie outbreak. The film is »
- Teresa Jue
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies was already looking to capture the imaginations of Jane Austen fans and lovers of horror, and then they reeled in the interest of Whovians by casting Matt Smith. Now it seems another excitable fanbase will be included in the hype, as two stars of Game Of Thrones have secured roles in the period piece mash-up. Charles Dance and Lena Headey, who played father and daughter Tywin and Cersei Lannister in the HBO series, will take on roles in Burr Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s cult novel that went on to inspire many bizarre twists on classic tales.
The roles of Dance and Headey are yet to be specified, but we do now know that Screen Gems have secured distribution rights. The film tells the classic tale of love, and throws in zombies for good measure. Although a release date is yet to be confirmed, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's taken some time to happen, but cameras are now rolling on the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. The movie version is being directed by Burr Steers, and last week we learned that former Doctor Who star Matt Smith had joined the cast of the film. Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote were already on board.
Now, a pair of Game Of Thrones stars are also joining Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. Charles Dance and Lena Headey have both signed up for the film, although their individual roles have not been specified at this time. Furthermore, Screen Gems has picked up the distribution rights to the feature.
We don't have a release date yet for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, but we'd imagine late 2015 is a possibility. »
Like the living dead, the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has refused to die, shambling on with development despite having multiple directors and leads over the past several years. Now stateside viewers will get to see zombies roam the countryside of 19th century England on the big screen, as Screen Gems has picked up Us distribution rights to the book adaptation that has added two Game of Thrones stars to its ranks.
Deadline reports that today Screen Gems secured the rights to distribute Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the Us, while Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions purchased the rights to release the picture in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland. The film is scheduled to start principal photography tomorrow.
- Derek Anderson
Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Charles Dance have joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was just acquired by Screen Gems for U.S. distribution. No details were given for Lena Headey and Charles Dance's characters.
The project is adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name, which takes Jane Austen's characters from her original novel Pride and Prejudice, and throws them into a zombie outbreak scenario. Lily James stars as Elizabeth Bennett, who is pressured by her family to marry a wealthy man, but her plans change when zombies begin to invade the countryside. Jack Huston is playing Wickham, a man who Elizabeth falls for as he trains her how to fight back against the zombies. Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Emma Greenwell and Matt Smith round out the cast.
Burr Steers is directing from his own screenplay, with »
Though Jane Austen likely continues to spin in her grave, Burr Steers' adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps managing to shamble its way forward. In addition to landing domestic distribution through Screen Gems, the 19th century zombie apocalypse film also boasts the addition of Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Lena Headey. There are no indications as to which roles the attached cast members will be embodying, but the recent casting news comes as a good sign for fans who have been waiting to the novel realized on the big screen. It's currently scheduled for a 2015 release. Hit the jump for more on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Word of Dance and Headey's involvement in the mash-up's adaptation comes courtesy of Deadline, who also report that Screen Gems will be handling U.S. distribution of the film. As we previously reported, Steers' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies »
- Dave Trumbore
After multiple stops and starts, the long-awaited adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is ready to begin production -- and it's snagged another star for its lineup.
Smith is set to play Mr. Collins, a man in search of a wife who proposes to Liz Bennett (Lily James). But Liz wants a more independent life -- which includes helping defend the English countryside from a zombie plague, as depicted in the Seth Grahame-Smith riff on the Austen classic.
via: The Hollywood Reporter
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- Katie Roberts
A few casting notices: Liam Neeson is circling the Tell No One remake, a thriller about a pediatrician who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders that claimed the life of his wife. Sony picked up the rights Struck by Rights, the memoir of "mathematical marvel" Jason Padgett, as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum. Matt Smith will join Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More on each project after the jump. Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) is tentatively set to direct Tell No One. Chris Terrio (Argo) adapted the Harlan Coben novel that was turned into the French film in 2006. Deadline hears there is some work needed on the script before Neeson is officially attached. Here's the book synopsis: David Beck has rebuilt his life since his wife’s murder eight years ago, finishing »
- Brendan Bettinger
The long in development adaption of Jane Austen/zombie mash up novel is finally starting production on September 24th, and before cameras start rolling, another cast member has been added in the form of ex-Doctor Who star Matt Smith, his third Hollywood role after Lost River and Terminator: Genisys since leaving the long running BBc show. He joins other cast members Lily James (as lead heroine Liz Bennett), Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth, with Burr Steers (17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud) at the helm. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Doctor Who star Matt Smith has landed another fun role in a movie. THR is reporting that the actor has joined the cast of the feature film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
This film has been in development for years, but it's finally set to start shooting on September 24th. Burr Steers (17 Again) is directing the film, which also stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth.
The book is an expanded version of the Jane Austen classic, and the film will tell the story of Liz Bennett, a woman on a quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the dead into vicious killers. Smith will play a character named Mr. Collins, "a parson who is on the lookout for a wife and proposes to Bennett."
Smith recently wrapped production on Terminator: Genisys, »
- Joey Paur
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has nabbed a role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Smith will play wealthy wife-seeker Mr. Collins opposite Lily James, who stars as Liz Bennett.
The horror-comedy— based on Grahame-Smith’s zombie-infiltrated version of the Jane Austen classic and directed by Burr Steers (17 Again)— also features Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote. The film has had a rocky journey to the big screen, originally to be directed by David O. Russell—who ended up co-writing the screenplay— and cycling through a slew of directors before securing Steers, »
- Carolyn Todd
The face of "Doctor Who" for the last four years, as well as one of the stars of Ryan Gosling's misfire "Lost River," Matt Smith is now bringing this talents to a twisted take on a Jane Austen classic. The actor is joining Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." Burr Steers will finally get this long developing project moving, and the story follows "Liz Bennett, [who] is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home and chafes at the stiff societal ways of 1800s England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague." Smith will play Mr. Collins, and production starts next week. [THR] "Sons Of Anarchy" star Katey Sagal is joining Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciarin Hinds in "Bleed For This." The movie tells the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After many stops and starts, the long gestating horror-comedy finally goes in front of the cameras next week under the helm of Burr Steers. Smith will play Mr. Collins, a man on the lookout for a wife who proposes to our heroine Liz Bennett (Lily James).
This spin on the Jane Austen classic sees Liz pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home, instead she wants to help defend the countryside against a zombie plague.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Matt Smith, who recently completed a four-season stint starring in Doctor Who, has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel. The long-in-the-works, on-and-off again project is finally going before cameras Sept. 24 with a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. Burr Steers is behind the camera. The movie is a horror-comedy spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
MGM and Paramount still have to find their Messala, Ben-Hur’s former close friend-turned-bitter rival. Actors have been circling both parts, and it looked for a while there like Huston might have played the latter. He read for that role, but Bekmambetov decided instead he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role, the one that brought »
- Mike Fleming Jr
After many delays, filming finally kicks off this month on the feature film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and another new cast member has been added. "Shameless" and "True Blood" actress Emma Greenwell is the latest to join the fray.
The film co-stars Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet, Jack Huston as George Wickham, and Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth's sister. Huston's Wickham and James' Bennet are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins her over with his theories regarding training them.
Brian Oliver, »
- Debi Moore
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