Though I often feel like the only period drama aficionado who doesn’t get tired of Austen (and I say this knowing there are dozens of adaptations of her works), anytime I learn that there’s a new adaptation of her works heading our way, I’m thrilled. The latest we’ll see is a new Persuasion adaptation, a production in its early stages, but one that also revealed a bit of casting news this past week.
Even though I’ve never read the novel, this is one Austen I don’t feel as though we’ve had the “definitive” version for. Yet. While the BBC adaptation, and the most recent of them, is good, it’s still not quite what I think it could be. Perhaps this one will be. But time will tell – and if the recent Emma version is any indication, that might not be possible. For those who don’t know what Persuasion is about, it follows Anne Elliot, a woman who was robbed of her chance at a happy end because of her family’s cruel nature. Years later, the man a now 27-year-old Anne loved returns a naval hero who prospects just as Anne’s family encounters hardships.
According to the brief bio (specific to this adaptation), the plot reads:
As Anne ponders missed opportunities, she must consider her own regrets and unwavering, possibly unrequited love.
There’s misunderstandings, complex family dynamics; a heroine who doesn’t rock the boat, and a handsome hero; and of course, lengthy romantic letters. In short, at its heart, Persuasion is actually a great story. It just hasn’t reached its best potential, at least not on screen. Austen’s final novel, published after her death, Monumental Pictures will produce, but also a part of the equation is BBC and Searchlight Pictures. It’s directed by a first-time Austen storyteller, Mahalia Belo and penned by Jessica Swale.
As far as casting, they have cast Australian actress Sarah Snook as Anne; Sarah isn’t a stranger to period pieces having worked on The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet and Winchester with Helen Mirran. News about the rest of the cast, like Captain Wentworth, isn’t yet set, but while we wait, I want to know, who would you cast in this role?! I want to hear all of your thoughts, opinions or dream cast.
No release date is yet known; this is also supposed to be produced as as feature film.
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Tell me, what are you looking forward to in this adaptation? Anyone jump out at the perfect Captain Wentworth? Does Sarah sound like a good Anne? What are your hopes for this new Persuasion adaptation? I want to hear all of your thoughts. Drop them below.
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