Douglas Booth says he wants to make his West End debut – but confesses that the prospect of treading the boards is making him nervous.
The London-born actor, 22, has starred in The Riot Club and sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending and is set to appear in new movie Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, alongside Lily James, Matt Smith, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Suki Waterhouse.
Now he is considering a number of stage roles. He said: “I’m looking forward to doing it – I have so many friends who work on stage and they definitely say it’s one of the most fulfilling ways to work. It’s on the horizon.
“But the longer you leave it the more nerve-racking the idea of making your professional stage debut would be. I’m looking at a couple of plays now. It’s about fitting them in with shooting schedules.”
His new movie – a “period zombie” piece – places Austen’s novel in Regency countryside plagued by the undead. He plays the book’s rich and eligible bachelor Mr Bingley.
Speaking in Shoreditch, at the launch of urban art gallery Beautiful Crime, the actor said zombie films “aren’t exactly my idea of fun” but this one was different. “It’s not like one trying to save his family. It’s more interesting than that. It’s looking at the upper classes and seeing how they would continue to operate the way they did in the most bizarre circumstances.
“You could take out the zombies and it would work as a proper BBC retelling of the movie. It’s an original mash-up, something people would never have seen before.
“The source material is so sacred people shy away from it. I think that as soon as people understand the tone, they will get it.”
The film is out later this year.