Following the news of the 31-year-old Fifty Shades actress’ casting, it was revealed Wednesday (May 5) that the 34-year-old Crazy Rich Asians star will appear in the Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen‘s classic Persuasion.
The script was co-penned by Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow.
Here’s a plot summary, via Deadline: “Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities, living with her snobby family who are on the brink of bankruptcy. When Frederick Wentworth—the dashing one she once sent away—crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances.”
Henry Golding will play Mr. Elliot in the film, opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anne Elliot.
According to the report, Henry was attracted to the role because of the opportunity to play “against type,” as Mr. Elliot is the “callous and classic Austen foil.”
Carrie Cracknell will make her feature directorial debut with the film.