Joel Fry to Play Captain Wentworth in New Adaptation of Persuasion


We previously reported on a new adaptation of Persuasion in development, and things seem to be moving along nicely as we now have our Captain Wentworth to go along with our Anne Elliot. The Hollywood Reporter, er, reports that Joel Fry has been cast opposite Sarah Snook as Anne Elliot.

No information about when filming will take place or a release date, but this seems to be a real thing. Shall we celebrate with a sea chantey? (The Editrix was into sea chanteys before they were cool.)

Sarah Snook to Star in New Adaptation of Persuasion


We ask our Gentle Readers to please temper their excitement as this appears to be very much in development. However, the Hollywood Reporter, er, reports that a new adaptation of Persuasion is in development at Searchlight Pictures.

We say it is “in development” because it appears the script, reportedly by Jessica Swale, is not yet completed. However, we have our Anne Elliot: Australian actress Sarah Snook, best known for playing Shiv Roy in Succession (which we haven’t seen, but hear good things).


The film will be directed by Mahalia Belo and produced by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward for Monumental Pictures (also known for, gulp, Harlots and, um, Cats. *cringe*).

This project seems to be relatively far along but we won’t get excited until we see the first grainy paparazzi shots from the set or costumed publicity stills. Until then, let’s not talk about it like it’s a done thing. We can look forward with interest to a big-screen adaptation of many Janeites’ favorite Austen novel, certainly, but keep it under control! Dorothy is serving tea in the conservatory for those who need it.