A new movie about the life of author Emily Brontë will be out later this year.
Set in 19th century Yorkshire, England, Emily is the directorial debut of Mansfield Park actress Frances O’Connor.
The English-Australian star also wrote the script for the upcoming period drama film, which depicts the brief life of English writer Emily Brontë.
Most famous for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, Brontë died in 1848 at the age of just 30.
She’s played in the movie by French-British actress Emma Mackey, best known for her role in Netflix’s hit teen drama Sex Education, and last year’s French period drama Eiffel.
Emily is described as “the transformative, exhilarating and uplifting journey to womanhood of one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic and passionate writers.”
Watch the trailer:
Mackey will be joined by Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House), Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers), Amelia Gething (The Spanish Princess), Gemma Jones (Gentleman Jack), and Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty).
Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) is playing Emily’s brother, Branwell Brontë.
The movie’s producers say the movie “brims with energy — intimately capturing the emotional intensity and adrenaline of youth, with all its messy honesty, heartbreak, humour and fearlessness; matched by the scale of our stunning locations.”
Emily will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 14th October.
It’s also been confirmed that it’ll get a release in US theatres in 2023 and won’t just go straight to streaming.
Executive producer Peter Touche announced: “At Ingenious we have made a deliberate push to bring more female driven films to audiences. We are delighted that Bleecker Street shares this vision as they are the U.S. distributor of many of them, including: Military Wives, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, Emma Holly Jones’ upcoming release Mr. Malcolm’s List, Catherine Hardwicke’s Mafia Mamma, which is currently in production, and now Frances O’Connor’s breath-taking directorial debut Emily.”
Director Frances O’Connor previously commented: “Emily Brontë’s writing is steeped in such passion, feeling, violence and fierce intelligence – that I’ve always yearned to know who she really was.”
She added: “Emily is about a rebel and misfit, a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. And, in creating an imagined life for her, I hope Emily Brontë will live again.”
Mackey is also starring in a new movie about King Charles II’s mistress, from the makers of Atonement.
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is available on Amazon.