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Let's face it, there is no such thing as too many Jane Austen adaptations, and it's been a while since we last got a new take on Pride & Prejudice. Netflix just announced a modern-day spin on the classic novel, which will star Never Have I Ever breakout Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
The movie is titled The Netherfield Girls—presumably a reference to one of the novel's key locations, the fictional estate, Netherfield Park. Billed as a romantic comedy with literary pedigree, The Netherfield Girls is a "fresh and contemporary take" on Pride & Prejudice inspired by Easy A and 10 Things I Hate About You. Both those movies were, of course, modern adaptations of classic literature (The Scarlet Letter and The Taming of the Shrew respectively) and also happen to be two of the best rom-coms of recent years.
Ramakrishnan will star as Lizzie Bennett, the beloved protagonist of Austen's novel who was most famously played by Jennifer Ehle in the 1995 BBC adaptation, and Keira Knightley in the 2005 movie. The Netherfield Girls will be written and directed by Becca Gleason, and doesn't yet have a release date.
There's a long and proud history of adapting Austen novels in a modern-day setting—the most famous example being Clueless, the objectively perfect 1995 high school classic which is based on Emma. Since Netflix has been praised for saving the romantic comedy after it more or less disappeared from movie theaters, this all feels extremely meant to be.
Want to get in the Austen adaptation groove? Stream Clueless here.
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