'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Joins 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' (Exclusive)

The long-in-the-works adaptation will finally begin shooting Sept. 24
Matt Smith  Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Matt Smith, who recently completed a four-season stint starring in Doctor Who, has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel.

The long-in-the-works, on-and-off again project is finally going before cameras Sept. 24 with a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. Burr Steers is behind the camera.

The movie is a horror-comedy spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.

Smith will play Mr. Collins, a parson who is on the lookout for a wife and proposes to Bennett.

Producing are Cross Creek's Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan.

Smith recently wrapped production for Terminator: Genisys opposite Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke. He makes his U.S. acting debut with Lost River, the upcoming fantasy written and directed by Ryan Gosling.

Smith is repped by UTA and Troika in the U.K.

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