There’s a New ‘Emma’ Adaptation Coming to the Big Screen
It’s time to pluck your copy of Emma from the shelf and give it a reread, because Jane Austen’s matchmaking heroine is headed to the big screen once again.
Dust off your bonnets: There’s a new Emma adaptation in the works, and while Austen’s heroine has been brought to life numerous times before—by Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale in 1996 and Romola Garai in 2009, just to name a few—this new production promises to be something fresh and interesting indeed.
Austen’s classic novel was published in 1815 and follows the antics of a young woman, Emma Woodhouse, who lives in Georgian- and Regency-era England and occupies herself with matchmaking—in sometimes misguided, often meddlesome fashion—in the lives of her friends and family.
The new production will be directed by Autumn de Wilde, who is known for her commercial photography as well as her direction of music videos for artists including Jenny Lewis, Florence + the Machine, Beck, Elliot Smith, and Death Cab for Cutie. It will be de Wilde’s debut feature.
Novelist Eleanor Catton is writing the film’s screenplay. Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her stunning novel The Luminaries; she was the youngest writer to have won the prize, and her book remains the longest winner in the history of the award.
Anya Taylor-Joy is set to portray Emma Woodhouse. Taylor-Joy has previously been seen in the PBS miniseries The Miniaturist, as well as the films Thoroughbreds, Split, and The Witch.
The film will also star Bill Nighy (Ordeal by Innocence, The Constant Gardener) as Mr. Woodhouse, Miranda Hart (Spy, Call the Midwife) as Miss Bates, Mia Goth (Suspiria, A Cure for Wellness) as Harriet Smith, Johnny Flynn (Vanity Fair, Clouds of Sils Maria) as George Knightley, Josh O’Connor (The Durrells in Corfu, Florence Foster Jenkins) as Mr. Elton, and Callum Turner (War & Peace, Victor Frankenstein) as Frank Churchill.
Keep an eye out for more information on this production as well as that of Sanditon, an Austen adaptation currently in the works from Masterpiece on PBS.
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Do you have a favorite Emma adaptation? What’s your favorite Austen novel, and which ones would you like to see remade as films?