Casting News: 'Killing Eve' Actor Edward Bluemel Joins Jane Austen Movie 'Persuasion'

Killing Eve and A Discovery of Witches actor Edward Bluemel has landed a role in Persuasion, a new film adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel.

According to Deadline, he joins an awesome ensemble cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Henry Golding, Richard E. Grant, Doctor Who and Luther alum Nikki Amuka-Bird, rising star Cosmo Jarvis, and Doctor Who guest star Ben Bailey-Smith.

Published in 1817, six months after her death, Persuasion is Austen's last fully completed novel. It centers on Anne Elliot, a 27-year-old woman from a family with financial difficulties who gets a second chance at love when she reconnects with Captain Frederick Wentworth, an eligible bachelor whom she rejected seven years earlier.

Johnson will star as Elliott with Jarvis portraying Wentworth. Carrie Cracknell, who directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge in the 2019 Broadway double bill Sea Wall / A Life, is directing.

Persuasion has been adapted for the screen on several occasions in the past, most recently in 2007, when Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones starred in a TV movie that aired on U.K. network ITV.

Rising star Bluemel, 28, is best known for his roles as Hugo in Killing Eve and Marcus Whitmore in A Discovery of Witches. Why not relive his swaggering performance as flirtatious Oxford grad Hugo in the clip below?

Are you looking forward to the new movie version of Persuasion?