Emmy nominated Succession star Sarah Snook has reportedly signed on to star in an adaptation of Jane Austen's final novel, Persuasion, which also means that there is, in fact, a new adaptation of Persuasion in the works.
The movie, which will be helmed by Searchlight Picture, will be directed by Mahalia Belo with Jessica Swale, who penned “Summerland,” will write the screenplay. Alison Own and Debra Hayward are set to produce the film through Monumental Pictures. As far as a release date goes, such information is yet to be announced.
The original novel itself tells the story of 27-year-old Anne Elliot, whose family relocates to Bath to combat financial stress. While they are living in Bath, they rent their family estate to an Admiral Croft and his wife. The wife’s brother, a Navy captain named Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne Elliot (who will be portrayed by Snook), but when Anne was persuaded to call off the engagement, they lost touch. After seven years, and with the Crofts renting their family home, Anne hopes to see Captain Wentworth again. As with any Jane Austen novel, we can anticipate it being filled with dramatic sighs, romantic gestures, and a satisfying amount of English countryside
As for Australian actress Snook, she has received critical praise for her role as Shiv Roy on HBO’s Succession and was a nominee for such role just last night at the 2020 Emmy awards. She is also set yo appear in Netflix’s Pieces of a Woman with Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf.
There has been a reasonable amount of news regarding exciting productions in the works, but nothing gets us excited quite like an upcoming period drama. Bring on the petticoats, basket carrying and of course, someone getting caught in the rain and developing a deadly flu - oh - the drama of it all.
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