‘Emily’ first look: Emma Mackey stars in new Emily Brontë biopic

A new movie about the life of author Emily Brontë is coming next year.

Mansfield Park actress Frances O’Connor is making her directorial debut with the upcoming period drama film.

The English-Australian star has also written the script.

Emily will depict the brief life of famed English writer Emily Brontë.

Best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, Brontë died in 1848 at the age of just 30.

She’ll be played in the movie by French-British actress Emma Mackey.

Mackey is best known for her role in hit teen drama Sex Education, which returns to Netflix soon with a third season.

She’s amongst the cast of Death on the Nile too, Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express sequel.

The 25-year-old is also starring in a new film about the life of Nell Gwynn, mistress of Charles II.

She’ll be joined in Emily 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) will play Emily’s brother, Branwell Brontë.

Emily began filming in Yorkshire, England this April and the shoot wrapped at the end of May.

Director Frances O’Connor 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.”

The star of BBC One’s The Missing 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.”

Following multiple delays, Emma Mackey’s Death on the Nile is now set to arrive next February.

Emily will be released in cinemas at some point in 2022.

Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is available on Amazon.