British actor Joel Fry, who appeared in Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, has joined Succession’s Sarah Snook to star in Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel that Mahalia Belo is directing for Searchlight.
Another version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is coming our way. I loved the TV Movie from 2007 with yummy Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth, but wasn’t as thrilled with their choice of Sally Hawkins as Anne. The question now is will Joel Fry be able to gain the hearts of the ladies as the Captain, while Sarah Snook may be a better choice for Anne?
Of course, I never thought that Johnny Flynn in the 2020 version of Emma could hold a candle to Jeremy Northam in the 1996 version, but was pleasantly surprised at how touched I was with his performance. Perhaps the cravat will help to make Joel Fry appealing in the role.
Good news for Jane Austen lovers as another historical romance from the best comes to the big screen. We can only hope it does the story justice.