The cast of FX’s The Americans has officially been Jane Austen-fied. First, Matthew Rhys was cast as Mr. Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley, BBC’s three-part miniseries based on the P.D. James sequel to Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. Now, Keri Russell stars in Austenland as a woman obsessed with Mr. Darcy who travels to look for love in Austenland, a British resort that recreates the Austen era.
JJ Feild, Jane Seymour, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King and James Callis costar in the directorial debut of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre co-writer Jerusha Hess, adapted from the like-titled novel by Shannon Hale. The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, also marks Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s first independent producing venture.
For an English novelist who died in the early 1800s, Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of Jane Austen. From multiple adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (how many Mr. Darcys can there possibly be?), to Sense and Sensibility and Emma… heck, the author’s personal life has even been romanticized for the screen (see: Anne Hathaway in Becoming Jane). Watch the trailer for the latest tribute to Austen, then open its pages on August 16.
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