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Emma trailer drops a twist on Jane Austen classic

November 26th, 2019 | by vBollywood Author

Jane Austen’s Emma is getting a lively update from debut feature director Autumn de Winter.

The first trailer for the literary adaptation — based on Austen’s beloved 1815 novel of the same name — features The Witch actress Anya Taylor-Joy as the iconic lead character. This is a social class satire that have a comedy twist.emma

The film is also starring Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, and Callum Turner, de Wilde’s feature directorial debut that follows Emma as she understands and navigates misguided relationships and romantic missteps as she is searching for love and purpose. The trailer of the film teases a wicked comical journey that features Emma reimagined as a young woman with no time for high society theatrics, unwanted advances from men, and enthusiastic gossip from her peers.

A scene toward the end of the video clip encapsulates the preview’s tone, as an energetic woman approaches Emma’s carriage with “such news!” before Taylor-Joy moves the wide door open with a half-hearted flick of her finger, meeting her enthusiasm with a blank-faced stare.

First-time feature screenwriter Eleanor Catton penned the script, and the film was produced by Oscar nominees Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Les Misérables) alongside Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri collaborators Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin.

Taylor-Joy marks the third actress to play Austen’s beloved character on the big screen, following Judy Campbell’s portrayal in a 1948 adaptation and Gwyneth Paltrow’s role in Douglas McGrath’s Oscar-winning 1996 version. Although not a direct adaptation of Austen’s novel, Amy Heckerling’s 1995 comedy Clueless featured Alicia Silverstone as a modern Los Angeles high school inspired by Emma.

Emma opens in limited release on February 21.

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