August 16, 2013
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jershua Hess
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (some suggestive content and innuendo)
Screenwriters: Jershua Hess, Shannon Hale
Starring: Jennifer Coolidge, Keri Russell, Jane Seymour, James Callis, Bret McKenzie, J.J. Feild, Rupert Vansittart
Copyright Holder: N/A
The film is based on a novel by Shannon Hale (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Hess) and is officially described on the author's site as follows: Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice," is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen—or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own? Russell will play the part of Jane with Feild playing a Darcy-impersonator who works for the resort.