EXCLUSIVE: Edward Bluemel (Kill Eve), Lydia Rose Bewley (Intermediate) and Yolanda Kettle (Marcella) joined the cast of Netflix and MRC’s Jane Austen movie Persuasion, which is now underway in the UK.
Already announced are Dakota Johnson (50 shades of Gray), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Suki Waterhouse (The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Richard E. Grant (Can you ever forgive me?), Nikki Amuka-Bird (NO), Ben Bailey Smith – aka Doc Brown (The split), Izuka Hoyle (The outpost), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Get still) and Nia Towle (The hollow).
Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot (Johnson), a nonconforming woman living with her posh family on the verge of bankruptcy. Single and 27, Anne reconnects with a man (Jarvis) she was once persuaded to reject and faces a second chance in love.
The book was the last novel written by Austen, author of classics such as Sense and sensitivity, Pride and Prejudice and Emma, before his death in 1817.
As previously announced, Carrie Cracknell, who led Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge to the 2019 Tony nominations in Sea wall / A life on Broadway, will make her directorial debut. The adaptation comes from Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow.
Andrew Lazar and Christina Weiss Lurie produce with the EP Elizabeth Cantillon through their untitled label MRC Film Romance, and the EPs Michael Constable and David Fliegel. Knives Out and Lovebirds The MRC Film company developed the film with Netflix.