Emma Stone Won't Be Starring In Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Earlier this week it was reported that Easy A star Emma Stone had been offered the lead in the Craig Gillespie-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It's important to note at this juncture that the story didn't say that she was confirmed to star, and it didn't say that she was negotiating a deal. Do you see where this is going yet?
Deadline reports that Stone has decided to pass on the comedy-horror film. While it was never confirmed, it was widely expected that the actress was offered the role of Elizabeth Bennet, who, in the altered story, is turned into a zombie-killing expert. The production has had more than it's fair share of problems since being announced in late 2009. David O. Russell was originally signed on to direct with Natalie Portman starring, but both dropped out, as did Mike White, Russell's replacement, a few months later.
While I'm sure that Stone would look amazing wearing blood-soaked period garments, I think this was a smart move on her part. Stone already has undead experience with a co-starring role in Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland. While it still may be a few years off, a sequel is still planned, and mainstream audiences might not like seeing Stone doing too much of the same thing. Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with it, but it's a good career move.
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