‘The Miniaturist’ star will lead new adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’

A new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma has been announced.

Based on the classic 1815 novel, the movie will star Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role.

The 22-year-old American-born British-Argentine actress is best known to period drama fans for her role in the BBC’s adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist last year.

Taylor-Joy recently joined the cast of Peaky Blinders and is currently filming the fifth season of the BBC’s hit period drama series in Liverpool, England.

With a script written by The Luminaries author Eleanor Catton, Emma will be the feature directorial debut of music video director Autumn de Wilde and is being produced by the makers of Winston Churchill drama The Darkest Hour.

The BBC’s upcoming TV adaptation of Catton’s The Luminaries began filming in New Zealand last month, starring Eva Green (Casino RoyalePenny Dreadful) and Eve Hewson (Bridge of Spies).