Jane Austen fans, get ready for another Emma adaptation! This one featuring indie darling actress Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role.
Can we ever have enough Jane Austen adaptations?
The answer — according to fans like myself, as well as movie studios (thankfully) — is no.
Which is why we’re celebrating getting another Emma adaptation, which will now be the third time the Jane Austen classic has been adapted for the big screen. Judy Campbell took on the role in the 1948 adaptation, with Gwyneth Paltrow later stepping into the lead role in Douglas McGrath’s Oscar-winning 1996 version.
And though it was inspired by Emma rather than being a strict adaptation, Alicia Silverstone’s turn as Cher Horowitz in the Amy Heckerling 1995 teen comedy classic Clueless was likewise one of the finest interpretations of the characters we’ve had the pleasure to see on screen.
There have also been numerous TV adaptations — most notably the recent 2009 BBC mini-series starring Romola Garai as the titular character and a perfectly cast Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley.
This third big-screen adaptation of Emma will see The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character.
Check out the newly released movie poster on Twitter, and the trailer below!
Based on the 1815 Jane Austen classic of the same name, Emma. follows its titular character she navigates misguided relationships and romantic missteps while searching for love and purpose.
The bright and cheery role of Emma will be somewhat of a departure for Anya Taylor-Joy, who broke out in the 2015 horror folktale film The Witch from Robert Eggers. She then starred in the PBS miniseries The Miniaturist as a 17th-century New Amsterdam woman bewitched by dollhouses, and took on a starring in the recent season of the gangster period epic Peaky Blinders.
Joining Anya Taylor-Joy in the lively period piece are Gemma Whelan as Mrs. Weston, Josh O’Connor as Mr. Elton, Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse, Mia Goth as Harriet Smith, and Callum Turner as Frank Churchhill.
Emma was penned by first-time feature screenwriter and Man Booker prize winner Eleanor Catton, and the film will be directed by Autumn de Wilde, a first-time feature director who previously directed music videos for stars Florence + the Machine, Rilo Kiley, and Beck.
Emma opens in limited release on Feb. 21.