Persuasion: Release Date, Cast, and Everything We Know

With actors like Dakota Johnson and Henry Golding bringing Persuasion to life for fans everywhere, another classic Jane Austen book will receive the Netflix treatment.

It’s reasonable to say that there is still an unquenchable need for Austen adaptations, as evidenced by the popularity of Anya Taylor-Emma Joy’s and the numerous productions of Pride and Prejudice. In fact, it was just revealed that Sarah Snook from Succession will portray Anne Elliot in a different Persuasion movie, so Austen fans will be quite happy in the near future.

Netflix’s Persuasion, meanwhile, will center on Johnson’s portrayal of the quietly intelligent lead character and her struggle against societal expectations for women.

Here is all the information currently available about Persuasion on Netflix (StartUp Season 4).

Persuasion is Based On a Book By Jane Austen 

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The 1817 book of the same name by Jane Austen served as the inspiration for Persuasion. Netflix summarizes its interpretation of the tale as follows:

Anne Elliot is an unconventional woman with contemporary sensibilities who lives with her snooty family on the verge of bankruptcy. Anne must decide whether to put the past behind her or follow her heart when it comes to second chances when Frederick Wentworth, the handsome man she let get away, unexpectedly smashes back into her life.

Henry Golding portrays the other guy in Anne’s life, Cosmo Jarvis portrays Frederick Wentworth, and Dakota Johnson plays Anne. Sir Walter, played by Richard E. Grant, is Anne’s conceited and wasteful father. Carrie Cracknell directed the motion picture.

Persuasion Release Date

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The movie will start streaming on Netflix on July 15 so fans won’t have to wait too long. Although not all fans are thrilled about this adaptation of the original material, the movie promises to be a modernized period piece with Fleabag undertones as Johnson offers a voiceover and occasionally breaks the fourth wall to talk directly to the camera.

Persuasion Cast

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Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians, Richard E. Grant from How to Get Ahead in Advertising, and Cosmo Jarvis from Lady Macbeth round out the star-studded cast of the movie. Richard E. Grant plays Mr. Elliot, while Cosmo Jarvis plays Wentworth. The cast is completed by Nikki Amuka-Bird (Hard Sun) and Mia McKenna-Bruce (EastEnders).

Persuasion Plot

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The movie, which is an adaptation of the well-known Jane Austen novel, centers on Anne Elliot, a nonconformist with contemporary sensibilities. Her previous fiancé Captain Frederick Wentworth—the man she let get away—returns into her life as her snooty family is on the verge of ruin.

All of a sudden, Anne has to decide whether to let the past go or follow her heart when it comes to second chances. This new adaptation, which is being directed by Carrie Cracknell, aims to give the timeless tale that was initially published in the 1800s “a modern, funny touch.”

We’re in for a tremendous treat, according to the first official photos released by Netflix early this year. Johnson, Golding, and Cosmo Jarvis are seen in period-appropriate attire in the publicly available stills, albeit Johnson’s appearances seem to have a slight modern edge.

Vogue released a first look at the movie on June 13 along with fresh images and an interview with Cracknell and Johnson. Both of them valued the story’s and the project’s modernity, which was a major factor in their decision to work on it.

The comedy of Persuasion, in Cracknell’s opinion, “certainly relates to Jane Austen’s writing, but it also has a sort of modernism,” We had high hopes that it would make the content more appealing to a fresh or younger audience. A strong-willed woman is still a hot topic of conversation today just as it was back then, Johnson continued. “I was drawn to the occasionally contemporary language and themes, breaking the fourth wall and addressing directly to the audience.”

Persuasion Trailer

On June 14, the official trailer was unveiled, featuring Johnson as Anne Elliot, who has been working on her English accent. She contemplates in it about her first love, Wentworth (Jarvis), whom her selfish family made her give up. When he resurfaces in her life eight years later and makes an effort to be her friend as she is being courted by another man, she is still holding out hope for him (Golding). Anne sighs on the beach, “Now we’re worse than exes.” We have friendship.