Jack Huston just closed his deal to play Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. He joins British actors Lily James and Sam Riley and Australia’s Bella Heathcote in a mashup of the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with the walking dead. Huston has been on the short list for numerous pictures since completing his run on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as the war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow. Huston is nearly done starring in the George Tillman-directed Fox 2000 adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ Longest Ride for Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
Wickham is a very handsome charismatic blond lieutenant. He and Liz are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them. The pic takes place in the midst of a zombie war, as an independent 19th century woman seeks out true romance despite the binding conventions of her time. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan will produce on behalf of Sierra/Affinity, which also is handling foreign sales. Pic got a September start date after Cross Creek Pictures acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release. Huston is repped by UTA and Untitled.