Netflix has released the first photos from their upcoming version of Persuasion.
The new movie is based on Jane Austen’s final completed novel, which was published six months after Austen died in 1817.
Netflix’s film will apparently be “a modern, witty approach to a beloved story while still remaining true to Jane Austen’s classic novel.”
It was previously understood that the new movie would be set during contemporary times, but (to the relief of many Austen fans, we’re sure) this now appears to not be the case!
The new official images show Dakota Johnson in period costume as Anne Elliot.
The 31-year-old actress from Texas shot to fame as Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades movies.
The film is the movie directorial debut of acclaimed theatre director Carrie Cracknell (Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway).
The script has been written by Alice Victoria Winslow and Rain Man screenwriter Ron Bass.
We’ve also got our first look at Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding as Mr Elliot.
Netflix’s official synopsis for Persuasion reads: “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.”
Here’s a photo of Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) playing Captain Frederick Wentworth too.
Persuasion is set to premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2022.
It’s not the only Persuasion movie being developed, with another version starring Sarah Snook from Succession coming from The Long Song director Mahalia Belo.
The most recent adaptation of Persuasion was in 2007 by ITV, led by Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water).
Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion is available on Amazon.