It’s amazing that Jane Austen’s Emma is one of those great comedy classic from the Regency era. It’s definitely one of Austen’s better known works, probably second after Pride & Prejudice.
The story follows Emma Woodhouse (described as “handsome, clever, and rich”), who lives in a small village, and overestimates her own matchmaking abilities. Over the course of the novel, she meddles in the lives of others with the commentary of the older Mister Knightley as she does her work. At the end of the book, she and Mister Knightley get engaged and everyone ends up happy.
Obviously, this is a very shortened and condensed version of the book. The last feature film adaptation of Emma was with a pre-Goop Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996.
Now Anya Taylor-Joy has been passed the bonnet for the 2020 version of Emma. Taylor-Joy brings a sassiness to her version of the character. One who is so done with the gossips, unwanted advances from men, and no time for high society theatrics. It’s honestly pretty amazing.
The post pays homage to the book with a photo of Taylor-Joy in character with her character’s descriptors in front of her.
Director Autumn de Winter makes her feature debut with the film, showcasing a sort of Wes Anderson meets Sofia Coppola vibe to the whole affair.
The film also stars Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, and Callum Turner.
Emma heads to theatres in a limited release on Feb. 21, 2020.