London: Hollywood beauties Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman are in the run to play Elizabeth Benett, a ghost-slaying lady in the celluloid adaptation of the cult hit book, `Pride and Prejudice and Zombies`.
The hit 2009 novel satirises and updates Jane Austen`s 19th century classic, `Pride and Prejudice` and British actor James McAvoy is in talks to play the male lead.
The book`s film rights were bought last year by Natalie Portman`s production company, and she is considering starring as leading lady Elizabeth Bennett. The other contender is Anne Hathaway, reported Huffington Post online.
Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, the book leaves 85 percent of Austen`s original novel in place, adding in an hilarious zombie and ninja outbreak to the storyline.
"Subconsciously, Austen was writing a horror novel and didn`t know it. People taking these strolls, riding their carriages to and fro. There are so many opportunities there for zombie attacks," the author had said about his inspiration.