Henry Golding Joins Dakota Johnson In 'Persuasion' Adaptation

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Henry Golding Joins Dakota Johnson In 'Persuasion' Adaptation
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Is Jane Austen heroine Anne Elliot allergic to limes? We'll find out, as Dakota Johnson will portray Austen's most mature lead character in a new adaptation of Persuasion, the author's final completed novel. This comes after a recent announcement that Succession's Sarah Snook will play Anne Elliot in a different Persuasion movie. The Johnson version, however, will be a modern retelling, brought to screens by Netflix and MRC Film, while the Snook iteration will be a period piece from Searchlight Pictures.

After last year's new Emma and countless imaginings of Pride and Prejudice, it's not surprising that there is insatiable demand for Austen adaptations. Here, find everything we know about the Dakota Johnson Persuasion movie. (If you're looking for the Sarah Snook version, find that here.)

Henry Golding just joined the cast.

The Crazy Rich Asians star will also feature in Persuasion. According to Deadline, Golding is slated to play Mr. Elliot, "the callous and classic Austen foil." In the novel, William Elliot is a distant relative of Anne's and heir presumptive of Anne's father. He is cold and calculating, scheming his way into inheriting the Elliot title and property.

Photo credit: Slaven Vlasic - Getty Images
Photo credit: Slaven Vlasic - Getty Images

Dakota Johnson will star as heroine Anne Elliot.

Johnson, best known for the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, will play Austen's older, quietly intellectual protagonist. Anne Elliot is characterized by her maturity and dissatisfaction with her surroundings. The novel revolves around Anne's reconnection with Captain Frederick Wentworth, her former fiancé whom she left due to societal pressures. Anne must reevaluate both herself in her more mature phase and her relationship with her former suitor.

Johnson recently starred in the drama Our Friend and will soon appear in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro’s Am I OK?

Photo credit: Steven Ferdman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steven Ferdman - Getty Images

The story will be a modern retelling of Austen's novel.

This Persuasion, unlike the notable 2007 television version starring Sally Hawkins, will be reimagined with a “modern, witty approach.” Austen's works are ripe for updating, as seen famously in Clueless (based on Emma) and Bridget Jones's Diary (based on Pride and Prejudice).

According to Deadline, "In this version of Persuasion, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities, living with her snobby family who are on the brink of bankruptcy. 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."

Carrie Cracknell, who directed Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge last year Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway, will make her film directing debut with Persuasion.

Production will begin in May.

While we do not yet have a release date, production on the Netflix feature is set to begin this May.

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