Dakota Johnson is set to star in Netflix and MRC Film’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Acclaimed theater director Carrie Cracknell will make her feature directorial debut.
The Persuasion screenplay was written by Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow. The script is based on the last novel completed by Jane Austen. It was published in 1817, six months after her death.
Persuasion is described as follows: “Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities.
“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 directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge to Tony nominations last year in Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway.
Dakota Johnson recently starred in the drama Our Friend, and will next be seen in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro’s Am I Ok?.
The producers of Persuasion are Andrew Lazar and Christina Weiss Lurie. Elizabeth Cantillon will executive produce via her untitled MRC Film Romance label along with Michael Constable and David Fliegel.
Cantillon’s romance-focused MRC Film label is also in development on features, including: the adaptation of 28 Summers, based on the bestselling novel from Elin Hilderbrand from writer Allie Hagan; Photos of You, based on Tammy Robinson’s novel from writer Tom Dean; and Rebecca Raisin’s Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop from writer Monisha Dadlani.
MRC Film recently announced The Mothership starring Halle Berry, also with Netflix; and most recently released the global box-office hit and Oscar-nominated film Knives Out from writer/director Rian Johnson and The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae with Netflix.