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We’ve seen many iterations of Jane Austen‘s work, whether it be in the form of movies or TV series. Some of the stories have even been adapted on-screen multiple times, they’re just that beloved.

Austen’s final novel Persuasion was made into a TV mini-series in 1971, which you can take a peek at the trailer for here. And in 2007, it got the movie treatment starring Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones in the leads.

Here we are again, some 13 years later, and it’s time to revisit Persuasion.

Just announced yesterday, Sarah Snook (Succession) will be taking on the role of Austen’s 19th century heroine Anne Elliot. Anne finds herself in love with a man named Frederick Wentworth, but her parents do not approve of him as he holds neither social or financial status. With a heavy heart, she turns down his proposal of marriage.

And, what happens? Frederick goes to war and returns a decorated Captain and man of wealth. Of course he does!

Now Anne is weighed down with regret and unrequited love. But, as a Jane Austen story goes, it may not be over for these two. It’s possible Frederick may still have unresolved feelings for his Anne, as well.

Jessica Swale (Summerland) will be adapting the book into a screenplay, with Mahalia Belo (The Long Song) to direct. This project is in the early stages, so a premiere date is still pending.

That leaves one last question…

Who would you cast to play Mr. Wentworth? 

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Filed Under: Jane Austen
By Brigid Brown