Netflix unveils the first look at Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot in the Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion, along with Henry Golding and Cosmo Jarvis.
Netflix unveils the first look at Dakota Johnson in the upcoming movie Persuasion. Since her breakthrough role as Anastasia in the critically panned Fifty Shades of Grey film series, Johnson has been branching out with an array of acclaimed performances, such as a young mother in Netflix’s Oscar-nominated film The Lost Daughter alongside Olivia Colman. Johnson has also been cast as Madame Web in Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off movie, the universe’s first female lead.
Johnson’s next project will be Persuasion, which is produced by MRC Studios and will be distributed by Netflix. Helmed by British theatre alum Carrie Cracknell in her feature directorial debut with a script by Academy Award-winner Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow, Persuasion is based on the 1817 novel of the same name by Jane Austen. The film finds Johnson as a young Englishwoman living with her deeply indebted family when she reconnects with an old flame, Captain Frederick Wentworth (played by Peaky Blinders star Cosmo Jarvis), and she must decide whether to put the past behind her or give him a second chance.
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Now, the first look at Johnson’s main character in Persuasion is here. Netflix released a total of five stills from the film, one showing the Fifty Shades actress in period costume peering out a window. The other images highlight her character’s estranged lover played by Jarvis as well as Henry Golding’s character. Check out the images below:
These images provide the first look at Johnson as Anne Elliot, described as “an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities.” The film’s supporting cast also appears to be strong with rom-com regular Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) playing Mr. Elliot, Anne’s calculating cousin. Though not revealed in these images, the Academy Award-nominated actor Richard E. Grant (also known for Rise of Skywalker and Loki) will appear in an undisclosed role. Persuasion also stars Suki Waterhouse, Nikki Amuka-Bird, and Mia McKenna-Bruce.
The first look at Persuasion also begins to reveal the tone of the film which appears to be in the vein of past Jane Austen adaptations like Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, while also putting a modern and witty spin on the classic tale. Persuasion was actually the last Austen novel ever published and while it has been adapted for television and the stage numerous times before, this will be the first feature film adaptation. With the first look at Persuasion here and the film’s July 15 release date on Netflix quickly approaching, expect a trailer in the near future.
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Persuasion (2022)Release date: Jul 15, 2022
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