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A New Adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma Is in the Works

It will star The Miniaturist's Anya Taylor Joy in the title role.
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Remakes are having quite the moment in Hollywood. And now, Jane Austen's much-beloved novel Emma is heading back to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anya Taylor-Joy is slated to play the title role in a new film adaption of the 1815 story about a headstrong young woman and matchmaker in Georgian-Regency England.

Taylor-Joy has starred in several horror films including Split and The Witch, though you may recognize her from the Masterpiece PBS adaptation of The Miniaturist, which ran earlier this year.

Autumn de Wilde, who is best known for her work on music videos will reportedly direct, and the script is by Eleanor Catton, who won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. Other casting details, like who might play Emma's love interests Mr. Knightley and Mr. Elton, have yet to be announced. Additionally, Timing for the production has not been made public either.

This is hardly the first adaptation of Emma. Perhaps the best-known iteration is the 1996 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, though there have been others including several BBC television productions, the most recent of which aired in 2009.

Despite being 200 years old, Emma is having something of a cultural moment this week. In addition to the news of the Taylor-Joy project, it was also announced that Clueless is getting a remake. The iconic Alicia Silverstone film is, of course, a modern-day interpretation of the Austen text.


According to Variety, Glow's Marquita Robinson will write the script for that project and Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver will produce, though who will play Cher is still a mystery.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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