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Keri Russell to Star in New Jane Austen Project

July 6, 2011  |  5:30pm
Keri Russell to Star in New Jane Austen Project

No, she won’t be starring alongside zombies.

Keri Russell will be appearing with Centurion’s JJ Feild and Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie in an upcoming indie romantic comedy titled Austenland.

In the film, Russell plays a woman with a secret obsession with Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice — an obsession that makes it hard for her to find love because no real man compares. When she vacations to an English resort that caters to other like-minded women, her fantasy of meeting her real-life Mr. Darcy becomes reality.

Jerusha Hess, who co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre with husband Jared Hess, will make her directorial debut with this film. Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer is set to produce.

Austenland begins shooting this week in the United Kingdom.

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