Pride and Prejudice and Zombies release date

Briefly: After so, so many years of development, with just about every director-star combo imaginable, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally has a set release date. Screen Gems will put the comedy horror mashup in theaters February 19, 2016, putting it up against the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In.

Based on the hit novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies moves the plot of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice to an idyllic English countryside littered with the undead. Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, and Suki Waterhouse play the five Bennet sisters. Sam Riley, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, and Matt Smith are their would-be suitors. Burr Steers directs. [Coming Soon]

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After years of on-again, off-again development, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally went in front of cameras last month. And today, we have our first look at some of the results.

Directed by Burr Steers and adapted from the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adds an undead spin to the Jane Austen classic. Lily James and Bella Heathcote star. See the first Pride and Prejudice and Zombies image after the jump.

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