EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK at Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation.

Love and Friendship

A first look at Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship has been released.

The film reunites the two actresses with The Last Days of Disco director Stillman.

The US filmmaker’s adaptation of Jane Austen novella Lady Susan, which was left unpublished in her lifetime, will be sold by Protagonist Pictures at the Cannes Marche, which kicks off next week.

Set in the 1790s, Love & Friendship centres on widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.

Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica. Sevigny plays Lady Susan’s friend and confidante Alicia.

The cast also includes Xavier Samuel (Fury) as the object of Lady Susan’s affections and Stephen Fry as Mr Johnson, long-suffering husband to Alicia.

Further cast includes Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Tom Bennett and Justin Edwards.

The film is being produced by Stillman, Katie Holly and Lauranne Bourrachot, and co-produced by Raymond van der Kaaij.

It is a Westerly Films production in association with Blinder Films, Chic Films, Revolver Films, Irish Film Board, Arte and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Filming took place in Ireland in February.