Dakota Johnson to Star in Netflix Adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’

Fans of Dakota Johnson can expect to see her sometime soon in Netflix’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Persuasion. It’s said to be a modern retelling of the original novel, with the script written by Alice Victoria Winslow and Ron Bass.

Dakota Johnson to Star in Netflix Adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’
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The film will be theater director Carrie Cracknell’s directorial debut; she notably directed Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge in Broadway’s Sea Wall/A Life, which resulted in Tony Award nominations for both actors. Johnson also worked with The Crown actress Vanessa Kirby for the National Theatre production of Julie.

Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot, an “unconforming woman with modern sensibilities.” Conflict arises when an ex-suitor returns in her life, leading her to rethink the past and consider the possibility of second chances.

Austen, who was the author literary classics like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, wrote Persuasion as her last piece of work before her death in 1817. The novel went on to be well-received among literary circles, particularly for its mature heroine and unparalleled realism.

The story has seen many media adaptations over the years, including a 1995 made-for-television film from Sony Pictures Classics (which won five BAFTAs) and a 2007 teleplay with Sally Hawkins playing the lead role.

Production on the Netflix film is set to begin in May.

MRC Studio, known for 2019’s blockbuster hit Knives Out, will be developing the film with the online streaming service; producers of American Sniper and Adam, Andrew Lazar and Christina Weiss Lurie, respectively, have also joined Persuasion as its main producers. Executive producers include Elizabeth Cantillon, Michael Constable, and David Fliegel.

There is currently no further details on other possible cast members or the release date for Netflix’s Persuasion, so we’ll just have to watch out for the film sometime in the near future.


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