Dakota Johnson is set to star in Netflix’s retelling of Jane Austen’s novel “Persuasion.”
Carrie Cracknell, known for directing Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sea Wall/ A Life” on Broadway, is stepping behind the camera in her feature directorial debut. Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow have adjusted the screenplay.
Portrayed as a “modern, witty approach” to a beloved story, “Persuasion” tells the story of Anne Elliot, an unconforming woman living with her snobby family near the precarious brink of bankruptcy. Unmarried and 27-years of age, Anne reconnects with a man she was once persuaded to reject and faces a second chance at love.
“Persuasion” was the last novel written by Austen, the author of literary classics of art like “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma,” prior her demise in 1817. The property has been adapted for the screen various times, including the 2007 TV film starring Sally Hawkins.
A separate production of “Persuasion” — starring “Succession” actor Sarah Snook — is as of now works at Searchlight Pictures. That version, declared in September 2020, is being coordinated by Mahalia Belo and directed by Jessica Swale (“Summerland”).
Production on Netflix’s iteration of “Persuasion” is required to start in May. MRC Film, the studio that backed “Knives Out” and “The Lovebirds,” is developing up the film with Netflix. (Variety’s parent company PMC is a partner with MRC in the PMRC venture that owns Billboard, Vibe and the Hollywood Reporter.)
Andrew Lazar and Christina Weiss Lurie will fill in as producers. Executive producers incorporate Elizabeth Cantillon through her untitled MRC Film Romance name, Michael Constable and David Fliegel.
Johnson as of late featured in the dramatization “Our Friend” close by Jason Segel and Casey Affleck. She will appear next in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter” and Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro’s “Am I OK?”
Johnson is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment. Cracknell is represented by United Agents in the UK and UTA.
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