Natalie Portman is taking on zombies - and Jane Austen. Portman is set to star in and produce a film based on the best-selling book, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," reports Variety.com. The mash-up book by Seth Grahame-Smith revisits Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice," adding flesh-eating zombies and taking other significant liberties with the plot. The book was published in April 2009 by Quirk Books, a company known for taking public domain novels and blending them with fanboy favorites and pop-culture elements, like zombies, ninjas and sea monsters. Grahame-Smith's version does maintain familiar elements of the Austen classic — the timeless tale of a heroine searching for love and independence — but adds the plot twist of a deadly virus outbreak that turns victims into undead vicious killers, reports Variety.com. Portman, who stars in the film "Brothers," currently in theaters, will play the leading character, feisty Elizabeth Bennet. The film will be directed by Richard Kelly and produced by Dark Films and Handsome Charlie films, Natalie Portman's own company. Recently, Dark Films has released, "The Box," "World's Greatest Dad," and "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell." According to IMDB.com, the film is slated for a 2011 release.