Natalie Portman Joins ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ (VIDEO)

Natalie Portman has announced that she is set to star in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The film, which will be written and directed by David O. Russell, is based on the hit novel mash-up by Hard Times of RJ Berger co-creator Seth Grahame-Smith. The novel, which takes Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice story-line and weaves it together with a zombie plot, became an instant hit with the zombie and Austen-loving crowd (which is to say, everyone).

Now, the 29-year-old Natalie reveals that she is set to star in the film, which she expects to start shooting next year:

We just got a new draft from David O. Russell, who is adapting it and is going to direct it. […] We’ll probably be shooting next year, hopefully.

It’s a really, I think, clever mash-up between genres. These women only obsessing over marriage is such a zombie kind of behavior. It’s kind of a perfect collision of genres.

The Israeli-American actress is no stranger to period films: She co-starred in The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson. It should be interesting to see how Natalie adapts to playing with zombies!

Are you excited to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Let us know what you think in the comments. Watch the video of Natalie talking about her new flick below.