Netflix and MRC Film have partnered on Persuasion with Dakota Johnson to star. The film will be Carrie Cracknell feature directing debut. Adapted from the Jane Austen novel, the screenplay will be penned by Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow. The film will take a modern approach to tell the classic story.
Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot (Johnson) 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.
Cracknell directed Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge to Tony nominations last year in Sea Wall/ A Life on Broadway. 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?.
Persuasion is produced by Andrew Lazar and Christina Weiss Lurie and executive produced by Elizabeth Cantillon via her untitled MRC Film Romance label, 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.
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