Blake Lively turns down Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The ongoing saga of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues as Blake Lively turns down the role of Elizabeth Bennett in the Craig Gillespie adaptation, Hitfix reports.

Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, P&P&Z has undergone a very public pre-production battle; it’s now on its third director, after David O. Russell and Mike White both came onboard and later abandoned ship.

Previous leading ladies offered the role of Elizabeth Bennett: Zombie Slayer were Natalie Portman (still attached to produce), Emma Stone (who never even reached the negotiation stage before turning the role down), Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Scarlett Johansson (all of whom were rumoured early on).

It’s been two years since the film was announced by Lionsgate and with only one A-list actor committed to the film so far – Dominic Cooper as Mr. Darcy – one has to wonder: how bad is this script for so many actresses to pass on it?

Discuss: Who could you see as Lizzy Bennett?

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