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Bill Nighy, Callum Turner in adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Emma'

 

Agence France-Presse

 /  Sun, March 24, 2019  /  10:08 pm
Bill Nighy, Callum Turner in adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Emma'

British actor Bill Nighy attends the press conference for the opening film 'The Kindness of Strangers' in competition at the 69th Berlinale film festival in Berlin, on February 7, 2019. (AFP/John MacDougall)

The latest adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, which has Anya Taylor-Joy as its lead, is adding Bill Nighy of Love Actually and Callum Turner of BBC series War & Peace to its cast.

With music video director Autumn de Wilde (Beck, Rilo Kiley) making her feature film debut and Anya Taylor-Joy installed in the lead role, Bill Nighy and Callum Turner are being added to Emma in key supporting roles.

In the story of Emma Woodhouse, who fancies herself something of a romantic matchmaker, Bill Nighy of Love ActuallyPage Eight and Pirates of the Caribbean is to play her father, Mr. Woodhouse.

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Callum Turner, the model turned actor previously seen in Tramps, the 2016 War & Peace serial, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is in as Frank Churchill, a well-to-do young man determined to keep his own engagement a secret, no matter the cost.

Existing cast members include Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones Seasons 2-7), Tanya Reynolds (Lily in Sex Education), Mia Goth (Sara in Suspiria) and Johnny Flynn (Young Albert Einstein in Genius, the lead in upcoming David Bowie biopic Stardust).

Emma is expected in 2020, with Autumn de Wilde directing from a script by Man Booker Prize-winning Canadian-born New Zealand author Eleanor Catton of The Luminaries.