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PERSUASION: Henry Golding cast in Netflix’s New Jane Austen Adaptation


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Henry Golding cast in Persuasion

Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians fame has joined the cast of the Netflix Jane Austen adaptation of Persuasion.

You loved him in Crazy Rich Asians and liked him a lot in Last Christmas (which had a smaller box-office take than Crazy Rich Asians) and he’s now returning to the movies in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  Handsome heartthrob Henry Golding has signed on to play opposite Dakota Johnson in the new Netflix picture. However, he won’t be playing the romantic leading role. He’ll be playing a much more complex character as a matter of fact.

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The Malaysian-British movie star Golding has been cast as the heartless character Mr. Eliot. This character is Anne (Johnson)’s cousin. Golding is thus not playing Frederick Wentworth, Anne’s lover, although fans of Austen’s beloved book would quickly think of Golding as potentially good for that role. That role, however, has not been officially cast yet.

Carrie Cracknell who has previously worked in live theater is directing the film. She is known for directing the play Sea Wall/A Life which featured Jake GyllenhallMany are looking forward to seeing how she does with this latest adaptation of Persuasion.

Golding’s most juicy leading role since Crazy Rich Asians was in 2019’s Last Christmas opposite Emilia Clarke. That film didn’t have the same kind of impact at the box office as Crazy Rich Asians due in large part to the fact that Last Christmas could be seen as a seasonal film that doesn’t play well outside the holiday season.

Dakota Johnson has had a good track record for picking winners. She starred in The Peanut Butter Falcon and Our Friend recently.  Her character in the film, Anne comes from a family on the verge of bankruptcy and the character of Anne has always been a multi-faceted one ever since it first appeared on the page.

Golding seems like a perfect fit for the Austen film adaptation as well given his heartfelt performances in his previous films, most notably the incredibly popular Crazy Rich Asians. This role will truly test his range as an actor.

Jane Austen adaptations can be a tricky thing. Scholars of the work always compare the films to the original books and we’ll see if the new Netflix film has what it takes to be among the best of the Austen adaptations.

In the meantime, Golding can be seen on screens this summer in the G.I. Joe-inspired film, Snake Eyes. It opens on July 23, 2021.

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