Fifty Shades' Dakota Johnson announced for Jane Austen Netflix adaptation

Amy West
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Photo credit: Fred Duval/FilmMagic - Getty Images

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is set to star in a new Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Helmed by acclaimed theatre director Carrie Cracknell, whose credits include Macbeth, The Deep Blue Sea, Julie and Medea, the film has been geared up to take "a modern, witty approach" to the well-known classic story "while still remaining true to the novel."

Photo credit: Fred Duval/FilmMagic - Getty Images
Photo credit: Fred Duval/FilmMagic - Getty Images

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Based on the 1817 book, which has been rewritten for the screen by Ron Bass (Rain Man) and Alice Victoria Winslow, the movie's official synopsis reads as follows: "Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities.

"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."

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Photo credit: Walter McBride - Getty Images

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Elizabeth Cantillon (The Girl in the Spider's Web), Michael Constable (Free Fire) and David Fliegel (Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite) are on board to executive produce, while Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and Christina Weiss Lurie (Rupture) will act as producers.

Cracknell's last stage production saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge earn Tony nominations last year in Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway.

Before she'll be seen in Persuasion, which has just kicked off production in the UK, Johnson will appear in Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter and Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro's Am I Ok?

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