That’s the case according to this quickie news blurb from EW, who cites “scheduling conflicts” as the cause of Portman’s departure from the movie.
Or does it?
EW cites a Vulture article as their source for Portman abandoning the movie. The only problem with that, as far as I can tell, is that the Vulture article was all about director David O. Russell leaving the movie due to scheduling conflict, and had nothing to do with Portman also leaving the zombie tale.
In the original Vulture article, and as we reported here, it simply says that O. Russell has left “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” because his schedule didn’t sync up with Portman’s, the film’s star, who is currently on everyone’s list of everything right now thanks to her critically acclaimed role in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan”.
Of course, Portman’s current “It” girl status could also translate into her no longer having the time to do something as, well, let’s face it, superfluous as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. She’s been rumored as the top choice for everything from “Gravity” (which she apparently turned down) to Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Superman” reboot.
The little lady is very busy at the moment, and that might mean she’ll produce “Pride”, but not star. Which would be a shame if true, since the prospect of seeing Portman fight zombies would be kinda cool, but there you have it.