New EMMA Adaptation Promises Playful Intrigue (VIDEO/IMAGES)

“I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”

Such is how Jane Austen described the title character of her novel Emma, a comedy-of-errors about a young woman who gets in over her head as a meddling matchmaker. It’s arguably the broadest comedy of Austen’s work, and the first trailer for this latest adaptation seems to embrace that spirit full-on — and with a biting edge.

Anya Taylor-Joy (star of The Witch and the Split / Glass films) plays the interloping Emma, and is joined by Bill Nighy, Mia GothGemma Whelan, Callum Turner, Chloe Pirrie, John O’ConnorRupert Graves, and Johnny Flynn (who will play David Bowie in the upcoming Stardust).

The feature debut for Beck music video director Autumn de Wilde (also known for the documentary Six by Sondheim), Emma opens on February 21, 2020.

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