According to Deadline, Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding has signed on to star opposite Dakota Johnson in Netflix’s upcoming reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel Persuasion. He is set to portray the role of Mr. Elliot, who is being described as the callous and classic Austen foil.
The Malaysian-British actor will next be seen leading Paramount Pictures’ upcoming G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 23, 2021. He is also lending his voice to Paramount Animation’s animated film adaptation of The Tiger’s Apprentice which will also star Sandra Oh and Michelle Yeoh.
Netflix’s Persuasion is being described as a modern and witty approach to the beloved Jane Austen story, while still remaining true to its source material. The film adaptation will center around an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities named Anne Elliot, who is living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy. When Frederick Wentworth—the dashing one she once sent away—crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances.
The 1817 novel has been adapted for the small screen a few times now. It was first adapted into a BBC miniseries starring Daphne Slater and Paul Daneman and was followed by ITV’s 1917 miniseries and 1995’s TV film version starring Ciarán Hinds.
Persuasion will be directed by Carrie Cracknell from a screenplay co-adapted by Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow. This marks the feature directorial debut of Cracknell, who famously directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge to Tony nominations last year in Sea Wall/ A Life. Producers are Andrew Lazar and Christina Weiss Lurie along with MRC Film Romance Label’s Elizabeth Cantillon, Michael Constable, and David Fliegel.