Working Title and Blueprint Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma has added a host of names to its cast as principal photography gets underway this week.
Joining Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley are Bill Nighy (Mr. Woodhouse), Miranda Hart (Miss Bates), Mia Goth (Harriet Smith), Josh O’Connor (Mr. Elton), and Callum Turner (Frank Churchill).
Also cast are Rupert Graves (Mr. Weston), Gemma Whelan (Mrs. Weston), Amber Anderson (Jane Fairfax), and Tanya Reynolds (Mrs. Elton).
Autumn de Wilde is directing the project, her feature debut, and Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton adapted the screenplay. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin are producing.
Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film globally.
Filming on the project is now underway in England and will run through spring.
Nighy’s recent work includes The Kindness Of Strangers, which opened this year’s Berlinale. Goth appeared in Suspiria and High Life last year. Josh O’Connor was a breakout in UK drama God’s Own Country and has since been cast in the BBC’s Les Miserables and season three of Netflix’s The Crown. Miranda Hart is best known for her titular UK comedy series Miranda and appeared in comedy feature Spy. Callum Turner is known for Emmy-nominated series War & Peace and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
The film unites several former Screen Stars of Tomorrow, with O’Connor selected in 2016, Goth and Turner selected in 2014 and Flynn chosen in the second year in 2005.