Emma is a Jane Austen novel which has been adapted many times, for both big and small screen. The most recent adaptation, directed by photographer and first-time feature director Autumn de Wilde, stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn in a very different version of the tale. Here is everything you need to know about Emma ahead of its cinema release.
When is Emma out in cinemas?
Given it is the perfect romantic movie, Emma is out on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
The UK is one of the first countries who will get the chance to see the movie, as well as Australia and New Zealand, as the romantic movie is released in other countries some time later.
In the USA, the release date is the following Friday, February 21, with some countries being forced to wait until the end of April before they get the chance to see it.
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Who is in the cast of Emma?
Playing Emma Woodhouse is Anya Taylor-Joy, known for her roles in Split and The Witch.
Mr Knightley is played by folk singer Johnny Flynn, while her father Mr Woodhouse is played by the unforgettable Bill Nighy.
Harriet Smith is played by Mia Goth, known for her role in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, while Miss Bates is Miranda Hart and the playboy Frank Churchill is played by Callum Turner, famed for his role in BBC drama The Capture.
The Crown’s John O’Connor plays Mr Elton opposite Sex Education’s Tanya Reynolds as his wife, Mrs Elton.
Gemma Whelan and Sherlock’s Rupert Graves play Miss Taylor, who becomes Mrs Weston, and Mrs Weston, while Amber Anderson is the very-much-spoken-about Jane Fairfax.
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What is the plot of Emma?
The official synopsis from Universal reads: “Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma.
“Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless “queen bee” without rivals in her sleepy little English town.
“In this glittering satire of social class, Emma must navigate her way through the challenges of growing up, misguided matches and romantic missteps to realise the love that has been there all along.”
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Of course, given this film is based on one of Jane Austen’s most famous novels, many fans will already know the story based on previous adaptations.
Some of the more famous adaptations include the 1996 Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow, who won a Satellite Award for her portrayal of the protagonist.
Extra to this, Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller starred in a BBC adaptation in 2009, as well as Kate Beckinsale’s version which was an ITV TV movie in 1996.
Finally, Clueless, the 1995 movie about Cher Horowitz, is an American, modern adaptation of the novel, which is a little looser in some of the details.
Is there a trailer for the movie?
There are multiple trailers, as well as an exclusive clip released only by Express.co.uk.
In this clip, Emma’s new friend, Harriet Smith, enquires after her for advice regarding a proposal she has received from one Robert Martin, a farmer.
After meeting Emma, however, Harriet is given the right to believe her prospects, despite her coming from unknown birth, are sky-high, meaning she need not settle for any old bloke who will walk her down the aisle.
This is only one of the early examples of Emma’s sometimes naughty interventions into her friends’ lives, and the rest of the film shows these continue in a big way.
Emma is out in cinemas on February 14
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