Netflix has wormed their way into my heart with adaptations of beloved historical romance stories. It was easy to fall in love with Bridgerton, and it seems it is going to be even easier to fall in love with Persuasion. We have had glimpses of the adaptation for the last few months, but today Netflix gave us the first full-length trailer. The film is directed by Carrie Cracknell and follows Jane Austen‘s novel of the same name and happens to be the last completed and published before her death in 1817.
Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson), who lives with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy. She is set on marrying the dashing Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis) but turns her back on him at the behest of her family. Years later, he comes crashing back into her life, and Anne must decide between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances. We love second-chance romances, and Austen’s Persuasion might just be our favorite one.
Over the years, we have had several different adaptations of Austen’s novels. Some hit the mark and soar while others struggle and collapse on themselves. Thankfully, Netflix and Cracknell’s adaptation looks like it will fall close to the ones that live close to our hearts. Fanning looks, sounds and fits the mold of Anne Elliot and the way she breaks the fourth wall throughout the Persuasion trailer feels right.
Austen’s novels, Persuasion included, have always given us a fantastic social commentary of the time period. We are hopeful that this film will provide us with a look at that alongside the romance. The trailer also shows how Netflix and Cracknell has updated it but still kept the classic feel of the time. We are still graced with the witty banter and word choice of the time, but the visuals and style choices help make it feel fresh.
Persuasion hits Netflix on July 15, 2022. Check out the trailer and new images below. What do you think of this adaptation so far? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!
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