Much ado has been made about Bridgerton‘s hold on the Netflix subscriber base, but the period piece that’s stolen hearts isn’t the only romance genre IP making its home on the streamer. Netflix has decided to step foot into Austenland with their take on the classic novel Persuasion.
The modern adaption of the story, penned by Alice Victoria Winslow and Ron Bass, will see Dakota Johnson opposite Cosmo Jarvis as Anne and Frederick while the torn apart lovers rekindle a flame that was never quite snuffed out.
We expect viewers will need tissues as second chance romances—especially those with two leads separated not by a lost love but family pressure—can be tearjerkers.
How Netflix will handle bringing the original story published in the early 1800’s to life with a fresh look and updated sensibilities remains to be seen. However, we’re excited to see what the streamer and its production partner (the untitled MRC film romance label owned by executive producer Elizabeth Cantillon) have in store for us.
Here’s what we know about the newest version of Persuasion.
Persuasion release date
Netflix’s adaptation of Persuasion has yet to receive a release date. However, Deadline reports filming in the UK is imminent, as fittings and rehearsals have begun. With that timeline, it’s not likely we’ll see the film by the end of 2021; the earliest fans of the classic story will be able to view this modern take is probably in 2022.
- Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot.
- Cosmos Jarvis as Captain Frederick Wentworth, Anne’s love interest
- Henry Golding as Mr. Elliot, Anne’s callous cousin
- Ben Bailey Smith
- Izuka Hoyle
- Mia McKenna-Bruce
- Nia Towle
- Nikki Amuka-Bird
- Richard E. Grant
- Suki Waterhouse
The official logline from Netflix:
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. Adapted from the Jane Austen novel.
As this is an updated take on the original novel, we expect much of what happens in Austen’s story to change as the film creates its own space in this universe. However, according to Deadline, Anne will still be 27 years old and unmarried.
A trailer has yet to be released for Persuasion. We’ll keep you posted on news concerning this modern retelling of a Jane Austen classic as it comes in.Next: Stranger Things season 4 rumors and more