Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway in the run for `Zombie` role

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 09:38 AM IST

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.