Blake Lively is the Latest Lady Offered the Lead in ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

The production of the upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. There have been questions about the budget, the schedule, who would end up directing, and perhaps most prominently, who would play the female lead Elizabeth. Pretty much every Hollywood “It” girl you can name has been up for the role, and for whatever reason all of them have ended up turning it down. The production has been through Emma Stone, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, and even Natalie Portman, who has a producer’s credit on the thing but won’t star in it.

So, take this news with a grain of salt, but Twitch is reporting that another spin around the casting merry-go-round has landed director Craig Gillespie another candidate for Elizabeth. They say that Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is the new choice, and that an offer has been sent her way.

Lively getting an offer from Gillespie and company raises a few interesting questions. The first is obviously, “Will she take it?” Then you have to wonder, “If she doesn’t, will anybody ever take it?” And then there’s the question most important to Gillespie, “If she takes it, which Blake Lively are we getting, the one who did fine in The Town, or the one who was a blank-faced mannequin in Green Lantern?” Only time will tell, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for this movie. It feels like I’ve been hearing about it for five years already, and I’d just like them to finally get shooting started.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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