Natalie Portman to look for love while kicking zombie ass.

This could be fun.

Natalie Portman has signed on to play Elizabeth Bennet, everyone’s favorite Jane Austen heroine. Initially this is sounds pretty ho-hum except that this is Elizabeth Bennet the zombie slayer!

Natalie is going to star in the film version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. P&P&Z is not really a parody but rather an expanded version. It follows the original novel, except that it now has a zombie invasion in it. Seth Grahame-Smith co-authored P&P&Z with Austen.

In addition to starring, Natalie is also co-producing. Her production partner, Annette Savitch, offered up these comments in Variety:

“Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work. The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story.”

Lends a sense of urgency? I am really not sure how to take that statement. I find it funny as hell, but I don’t know if it was meant to be funny. Regardless, this could be something awesome. I hope this is shot as a serious film and not tongue in cheek.