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Anne Hathaway & James McAvoy Possibilities For “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies”?

For the past few years comic book based movies have taken over the box office putting many more in development. Now with the success of AMC’s comic book based smash hit zombie show The Walking Dead, is it really a shock that another zombie related book is gearing towards a big screen feature?

A movie that at first had a little trouble getting of the ground is Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is Seth Grahame-Smith’s retelling of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic Pride & Prejudice with…well you know…Zombies.

Director Mike White (School Of Rock) is set to helm the film, replacing original director David O. Russell. Natalie Portman was originally set to produce and star in the project but there is no word on her current status with the project.

Pajiba is now reporting that Anne Hathaway may be a top choice for the role of Elizabeth Bennett. The report also states that James McAvoy, an actor that is familiar with role in comic book based movies having starring roles in Wanted and the upcoming X-Men: First Class, is the top contender for the role of Darcy.

Here is a plot summary courtesy of shvoong:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a prolonged edition of the adored Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie chaos. As the story unlocks, a weird disease has fallen upon the silent English village of Meryton and the dead are being raised to life. Spirited heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to swab out the zombie nuisance, but she’s soon sidetracked by the arrival of the proud and supercilious Mr. Darcy. What results is a wonderful comedy of etiquettes with plenty of cultured sparring between the two juvenile lovers and even more violent hurly-burly on the blood-soaked battleground as Elizabeth launches fierce war against multitudes of flesh-eating zombies. Will she crush the offspring of Satan and overcome the common unfairness of the class-conscious grounded gentry? Filled entirely with romantic saga, catastrophe, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of putrid carcasses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies converts a masterwork of world literature into something you would really desire to read.

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‘Arthur Christmas’ Teaser Trailer

Aardman Animation is moving into 3D CGI holiday fare with Arthur Christmas, which stars James McAvoy as the title character in a story “which at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole.”

The teaser opens with a pretty great piss-take on Morgan Freeman and March of the Penguins, and then it moves into cute holiday film territory. Difficult to tell at this point whether the entire concoction will work, but I like this teaser quite a bit. And the sleigh-as-Close Encounters-style flying saucer is pretty good, too. Level of intrigue: rising.

Arthur LOVES everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Laurie will play Arthur’s older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency, military-style precision. Broadbent plays Santa, who pictures himself as the guy in charge at the North Pole, but is now more of a figurehead as the operation has outgrown him. Nighy plays Santa’s 136-year-old father, Grandsanta, a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, is always grumbling that Christmas ‘was better when I was Santa’ and has a tense relationship with Steve, who he calls ‘A postman with a spaceship.’ Jensen will play Bryony, a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and sons.

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James McAvoy Signs Up for Aardman Film

James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie have joined the voice cast for “Arthur Christmas” – the latest film from Aardman Animations.

A host of other British stars have also signed up to the project including Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton.

The film tells of Santa’s ultra-high-tech present delivery operation hidden beneath the North Pole.

It is expected to be released in November next year.

McAvoy will voice Arthur, the clumsy younger son of Santa and the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday.

Laurie will play Arthur’s older brother Steve, the heir to the operation who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency and military-style precision.

Broadbent is set to voice Santa with Nighy as his cranky 136-year-old father, Grandsanta.

Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino is writing the score, while League of Gentlemen producer Sarah Smith, who has also written the screenplay, will direct.

“We are thrilled to have assembled such a phenomenal group of actors for Arthur Christmas,” Smith said.

“Not only are they all terrifically funny, charming and characterful but they have also brought an emotional subtlety and depth that gives the film great heart.”

Bristol-based Aardman’s last cinematic release was 2006’s “Flushed Away”, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet.

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