As reported, the latest film to honor (or exploit?) Jane Austen's legacy will be the upcoming theatrical release of Austenland
, an adaptation of Shannon Hale's novel of the same name. According to IMDb
, it's in post-production with no set release date yet, but look for the film within the coming year.
The plot focuses on Jane Hayes (played by Keri Russell), a woman obsessed with the 2005 BBC production of Pride & Prejudice
, who travels to a Jane Austen-themed adventure in search of her own Mr. Darcy.
The film also stars J.J. Feild (you might remember him as Henry Tilney in the 2007 BBC version of Northanger Abbey
), Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, James Callis, and Jane Seymour.
A lot of the publicity for Austenland
has focused on the fact that Twilight
author Stephenie Meyer is credited as one of the film's producers. Meyer is a self-professed Austen fan and even named Edward, the central vampire hero in her Twilight
series, after the character of Edward Ferrars!
You can read more about the film on the AustenBlog
and its entry on IMDb
. Below is a short behind-the-scenes clip from Austenland
, including interviews with some of the actors.