Get ready for Regency romance: Netflix’s starry new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is heading to our TV screens this summer.
Jane Austen fans have enjoyed some memorable TV and film adaptations of their favourite classics over the years. The BBC’s Pride & Prejudice, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcey, is perhaps the most iconic. Recently, we had the colourful and quirky Emma revamp with Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role. And who can forget Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in Sense & Sensibility? All small screen gems we could watch time and time again.
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Last year, period drama fans had plenty of cause for celebration when Netflix confirmed that a brand new film adaptation of Persuasion was in the works, starring Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey).
Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, the film will take a “modern, witty approach” to the literary icon’s famous work. The story follows Anne Elliot, an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities who is still living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy (a real shocker in 19th century England).
Anne has always regretted turning down the proposal of Captain Frederick Wentworth after being persuaded to refuse him by her aunt. But when the dashing one who got away crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances.
After releasing a trio of first look photos of Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot, Cosmo Jarvis as her love interest Captain Wentworth, and Henry Golding as her cousin Mr William Elliot last year, Netflix has now shared the first trailer – and it’s full of yearning.
The clip shows Dakota Johnson’s Anne Elliot and Cosmo Jarvis’ Captain Frederick Wentworth in a romantic embrace as Anne laments how she lost the love of her life.
“I almost got married once,” she begins. “There were no two souls more in rhythm than Wentworth and I”.
“And I was persuaded by my family to give him up”.
We also see Anne berating her family with signature Austen snark, and Captain Wentworth reappearing in Anne’s life at an inopportune moment. Needless to say, the chemistry between the pair is still as strong as ever.
A love triangle also looks set to complicate things with the arrival of Henry Golding’s William Elliot.
“How is that life without warning becomes flooded with so much newness?” ponders Anne.
“Don’t let anyone tell you how to live. Or who to love”.
The new adaptation, which marks Carrie Cracknell’s debut as a director, looks set to bring plenty of Regency romance to our TV screens, which will undoubtedly go some way in soothing the Bridgerton-shaped hole in our hearts.
The remake has attracted plenty of star power, too. Alongside Johnson’s Anne, Jarvis’ Captain Wentworth and Golding’s Mr Elliot, the cast also includes Suki Waterhouse, Richard E Grant, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ben Bailey Smith, Izuka Hoyle, Mia McKenna-Bruce and Nia Towle.
Excitingly, Netflix has just announced that Persuasion will land on Netflix on 15 July 2022. In the meantime, this is the perfect excuse to go back and rewatch all the other brilliant adaptations.
Images: Nick Wall/Netflix
Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…