Dakota Johnson to star in Netflix's new adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion

Dakota Johnson

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Former Tatler cover star Dakota Johnson is to star as Jane Austen’s heroine Anne Elliot in a new Netflix adaptation of her 1817 novel Persuasion.

The plot synopsis from Netflix reads: ‘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. Adapted from the Jane Austen novel.

‘The film takes a modern, witty approach to a beloved story while still remaining true to Jane Austen’s classic novel.’

It is one of two upcoming adaptations of Austen’s final finished novel, with another, starring Succession‘s Sarah Snook, being produced by Searchlight Pictures. It has previously been overlooked as a film, with a handful of television adaptations only.

This is in contrast to Austen’s other novels, most famously Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, which have been made into successful films with all-star casts on multiple occasions. Ang Lee’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, for example, was nominated for several Academy Awards, earning Kate Winslet her first win for Best Supporting Actress. Most recently, there was a new adaptation of Emma, widely regarded to be Austen’s magnum opus, starring Anya Taylor Joy of The Queen’s Gambit fame.

Johnson rose to fame in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy opposite Jamie Dornan. She is the daughter of Hollywood legend Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and the granddaughter of Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren.

The release dates of both films have yet to be announced.

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