Natalie Portman Has Pride. And Prejudice. And, er, Zombies?

Honestly? I’ve heard about the novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” ages ago, but I always thought it was just some goof someone came up with. You know, like Ashton Kutcher going around punking the media to see how many people would bite. But, um, apparently it’s an honest to goodness novel, a zombified take on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. You know, that book the Brits make a movie out of at least three times a year, for every year since the invention of cinema? Yeah, that movie. The big news? Natalie Portman will slip on the tight corset to star and produce the movie version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel.

Described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Grahame-Smith basically took Jane Austen’s novel (her name is listed as the novel’s co-author) and added zombies into the mix. That either makes Seth Grahame-Smith the most brilliant writer of our generation, or the laziest. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Richard Kelly of “Donnie Darko” fame will co-produce the period zombie movie for Lionsgate.

Natalie Portman in Thor (2011) Movie Image