Netflix’s Persuasion trailer is here, and July 15 can’t come soon enough. Dakota Johnson’s Anne Elliot is breaking the fourth wall repeatedly throughout, and if Emma 2020 is any indication of the fact that modernizing Austen while keeping time period etiquette works, then we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come.
There aren’t nearly enough Persuasion films or TV adaptations to begin with, so while we were already thrilled to have Jane Austen’s story on our screens, this more modern take seems to be an excellent decision that we’re choosing to trust. The only complaint we currently have is that we were hoping and praying Henry Golding would be the notable Captain Wentworth, but we’re confident Cosmo Jarvis will surprise us. The film will also feature Richard E. Grant as Sir Walter Elliot, and Carrie Cracknell’s directorial vision already feels like something we’ll be singing tireless praises for.
And the dazzling score frames the Persuasion trailer with a rightfully angsty tone that romance dreams are made of. It’s clear that while the newer adaptation might not be for everyone, the film seems to be doing something remarkable yet by allowing the characters to feel more nuanced in the short amount we’ve seen of them. In other news, we’re excited, folks — really, really excited. If nothing else, the film will be a gorgeous feast for the eyes, and sometimes, that’s enough too. But something tells us that it’ll be far more than that.
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