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Kate Beckinsale stars in Love & Friendship, based on Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan

In addition to 3 New Pride and Prejudice inspired and related movies (Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Bridget Jones's Baby) to see in 2016! A new Jane Austen related movie coming soon, sometime this year. The new movie is titled Love & Friendship starring the lovely (best known to Austen fans as Emma Woodhouse in the 1996 TV movie Emma) as Lady Susan Vernon Martin, as Alicia Johnson, (Georgiana Darcy in the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie) as Lady Susan's daughter Frederica, (Caroline Bingley in the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie) as Catherine Vernon, and Stephen Fry as Mr. Johnson. Whit Stillman wrote (the screenplay), produced, and directed this movie.

Read more info. and see a new poster for L&F as well as another still (see one above and another below via IMDB) featuring KB...

(source: IMP Awards)
Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful (widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica. (L&F on IMDB)
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival last Saturday January 23rd, 2016 with the cast and director in attendance.

(Photo by Jason Merritt | Getty Images via IMDB)

No U.S. Theater release date yet, but will update and keep you posted here when there's one as well as when the trailer is released.

Director Whit Stillman
Screenwriter Whit Stillman
Cast Stephen Fry, Tom Bennett, Emma Greenwell, Xavier Samuel, Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale
Ireland/France/Netherlands  /  94 Min

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations.

Adapting Jane Austen’s unpublished early novella Lady Susan, Whit Stillman returns to the Sundance Film Festival (where his Metropolitan premiered in 1990) in top form with his latest comedy of manners. Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, Love & Friendship is a rare—and rarified—treat.

YEAR 2016
SECTION Premieres
COUNTRY Ireland/France/Netherlands
RUN TIME 94 min
COMPANY Protagonist Pictures

 
(source: IMDB)

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