First Glance: “Persuasion”

The hard-working Dakota Johnson stars in the upcoming Netflix Original “Persuasion”, an adaptation of author Jane Austen’s final novel. First published in 1817, “Persuasion” was initially well received but has since earned a healthy fanbase. This latest take on the beloved story is directed by Carrie Cracknell and co-written by Ronald Base and Alice Victoria Winslow.

Johnson plays Anne Elliot, a seemingly happy young English woman with plans on marrying her love, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis). But then she’s persuaded by her blue-blooded family to give him up. Years later she finds her self torn between a dashing suitor played by Henry Golding and Frederick who re-enters her life. The period setting looks well realized and the cast (which also includes Richard Grant, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Ben Bailey-Smith, among others) hints at a fresh new take on the literary classic.

“Persuasion” premieres July 15th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

9 thoughts on “First Glance: “Persuasion”

  1. Dakota Johnson’s accent is a bit wobbly at times but I want to see this. I like Jane Austen adaptations. I’m starting to think my sensitive/feminine side is starting to come out with everyone going ga-ga over Kate Bush as it has me thinking about buying a red dress and participate in the Gathering of Wuthering Heights festival (whenever that is happening). I for one am happy that there’s people discovering the weirdness that is Kate Bush. If that means people will stop listening to bad music and listen to Kate Bush. There is hope in the world.

  2. This doesn’t look interesting to me at all. I know Dakota has a huge fan base but I’ve really never been blown away by her. She’s not horrible, just…there.

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