Austen fans, ready yourselves.

By Caroline Rogers
Emma (2020)
Credit: Courtesy Focus Features

When it comes to Jane Austen adaptations, we’re currently experiencing an embarrassment of riches. We’ve been looking forward to the new miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon—which premieres on PBS in January 2020—for ages, but there’s another exciting Austen adaptation we’re just as eager to see, and it arrives in February. The latter is headed for the big screen, and it’s a feature-length version of Austen’s classic (and oft-adapted) novel Emma.

The film is directed by photographer and director Autumn de Wilde and stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role. Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton (The Rehearsal, The Luminaries) penned the script. For a quick look at the production and its impeccable costume design, watch the teaser trailer below—at first glance, it promises to be sly, sharp, and very funny.

Watch the teaser trailer:

The film stars Taylor-Joy (Split, Thoroughbreds) as Emma Woodhouse, the young heroine and meddling matchmaker, and Bill Nighy (Love Actually, I Capture the Castle) as her doting father, Mr. Woodhouse. The cast also includes Johnny Flynn (The Clouds of Sils Maria, Vanity Fair) as the Woodhouses' close friend George Knightley; Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, Suspiria) as Harriet Smith, the object of Emma's matchmaking schemes; and Josh O’Connor (The Durrells in Corfu, The Crown) as the vicar Mr. Elton. Callum Turner (War & Peace, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) is Frank Churchill and Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife, Spy) is Miss Bates.

We won’t have to wait much longer to buy our tickets, because Emma will arrive in movie theaters in February 2020 distributed by Focus Features.

Emma (2020)
Credit: Courtesy Focus Features

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What movies are you looking forward to seeing in 2020? Are there any other classic novels you wish would be made—or re-made—into films?