Stephenie Meyer (of Twilight uber fame) will be taking on a producing role in Austenland, an upcoming rom-com about a young woman totally obsessed with Colin Firth’s character, Mr. Darcy, in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. She’ll be joined by Jerusha Hess, co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
Full disclosure: I’m a self- proclaimed addict of period films of this genre (don’t judge), but I’m also highly critical of films that seek to latch themselves onto Jane Austen lit in the hopes of making a flop popular by association. So I’m already inclined to be prejudiced… ahem… against this film, but look at the cast:
Austenland stars Keri Russell, JJ Field, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart, and James Callis.
Bret McKenzie and Jennifer Coolidge! I just can’t go in negatively. I can just hope it turns on the humor and comes out swinging. Is there any hope that they’ll snag Firth for a part in it? It would seal the deal for me, but somehow I think he probably has other gigs with priority. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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