James McAvoy linked to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies December 14, 2010 James McAvoy is the new Mr Darcy? James McAvoy is reportedly bin talks for a lead role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name, the film sees Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice told against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse. McAvoy is expected to play Mr Darcy in the adaptation, while Love and Other Drugs star Anne Hathaway has been named as a potential star to play Elizabeth Bennett. The film is slated for a 2011 release.