Netflix has announced a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson.

Dakota Johnson (The High Note) is teaming up with acclaimed theatre director Carrie Cracknell for a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion.

Cracknell is most well known for directing Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge in Sea Wall/A Life which appeared on Broadway and earned both Tony nominations. This marks her feature directing debut. handling the screenplay adaptation are Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow. Bass is most well known for his work on My Best Friend’s Wedding, whilst this also marks Winslow’s feature debut.

Persuasion has been adapted a number of times, but never for the big screen. The most recent adaptation is the 2019 series Rational Creatures, a modernisation of the text. Season one is available to watch for free on Youtube.

‘Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities. When Frederick Wentworth—the dashing one she once sent 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.’ Netflix has described the new adaptation as taking a modern, witty approach to a beloved story while still remaining true to Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Johnson recently starred in the drama Our Friend which is yet to receive a UK release date, and will next be seen in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro’s Am I Ok?.

 

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