Lily James knows a thing or two about British costume drama, having just wrapped up her run on "Downton Abbey." But her new project adds something a bit otherworldly to the mix. In "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” James top-lines as Jane Austen's classic heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, but with some deadly fighting skills she unleashes on an 19th century English zombie invasion. Just like a proper lady.
Did the zombie aspect take some of the edge off of playing Elizabeth Bennet, something of a literary icon?
No, it didn't take the edge off, but it was certainly my main … You always have things that you grapple with while you're filming, and for me it was trying to maintain all the qualities about Liz Bennet that I love and I think are vital, and keeping them alive within this new world. Sometimes it just was easy, and other times I felt like I was losing the essense of Liz Bennet. That's when I felt like I needed help from Burr [Steers, director].