'Emma': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the upcoming Jane Austen adaptation

The 2020 adaptation of the 1815 novel will star Anna Taylor-Joy in the titular role

                            'Emma': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the upcoming Jane Austen adaptation
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'Emma', the classic novel by Jane Austen published in 1815, has been adapted multiple times and the most iconic is the 1995 film 'Clueless', starring  Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya and Brittany Murphy.

In 2020, yet another iteration is set to hit the big screen and it looks like it could be as sassy as 'Clueless'. Read on to find out more details about the upcoming film.

Release date

The movie will release in the United States on February 21.


Emma Woodhouse is one of Jane Austen's most vivid characters. 'Emma' will follow the "handsome, clever and rich" woman as she meddles in the romantic affairs of her friends and loved ones.

Although convinced that she herself will never marry, Emma, a precocious 20-year-old resident of the village of Highbury, imagines herself to be naturally gifted in conjuring love matches. After self-declared success at matchmaking between her governess and Mr Weston, a village widower, Emma takes it upon herself to find an eligible match for her new friend, Harriet Smith. 


Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor Joy (Getty Images)

Anya Taylor-Joy is an American-born Argentine and English actress known for her roles in 'The Witch', 'Split', 'Glass' and 'Thoroughbreds'. She will play the titular role of Emma Woodhouse.

Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn (Getty Images)

Johnny Flynn is a British musician, singer, songwriter and actor known for his roles in 'Lovesick', 'Vanity Fair' and 'Genius'. He plays the role of George Knightley, Emma's lifelong friend.

Josh O'Connor

Josh O'Connor (Getty Images)

Josh O'Connor is an English actor best known for his roles in 'The Crown', 'God's Own Country' and 'The Durrells'. He plays the role of Philip Elton, a young vicar Emma tries to pair up with Harriet.

Mia Goth

Mia Goth (Getty Images)

Mia Goth is an English actress and model best known for her roles in 'Nymphomaniac', 'The Survivalist' and 'A Cure for Wellness'. She plays Emma's young friend Harriet Smith, a beautiful but unsophisticated girl who Emma takes under her wing. 

The movie also stars Bill Nighy as Emma's father Mr Woodhouse, Miranda Hart as Miss Bates, Callum Turner as Frank Churchill, Rupert Graves as Mr Weston and Gemma Whelan as Mrs Weston.


Autumn de Wilde (Getty Images)

Autumn de Wilde is an American director and photographer. 'Emma' is her directorial debut.


Eleanor Catton (Getty Images)

Eleanor Catton is a New Zealand novelist best known for her Man Booker Prize-winning novel 'The Luminaries'. She wrote the script for 'Emma'.



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