Persuasion Netflix Release Date: Dakota Johnson to Star in Upcoming Film

Persuasion isn’t the most well-known of Jane Austen‘s famous books — I’m sure most of us would choose Pride and Prejudice — but it was the famed British author’s final entirely written work (opens in new tab). It’s been adapted for film and television numerous times over the years.

Now it’s Netflix’s chance to create a magnificent historical drama based on Miss Austen’s final literary masterpiece, and with the recent success of Bridgerton, also set in the Regency era, who’d bet against the streaming giant having another significant hit on their hands?

In terms of cast, they certainly have some heavy hitters in this film, with Dakota Johnson playing Anne Elliot, Henry Golding as Mr. Elliot, and Richard E Grant as Anne’s father, Sir Walter Elliot.

So here’s everything you need to know about Netflix’s rendition of Persuasion.

Persuasion Will Premiere on Netflix This Summer

This long-awaited adaptation’s release date has finally been confirmed. Persuasion will be released on Netflix on July 15, 2022, following a production that began in May of this year. The first trailer, which you can watch above, was recently released by Netflix and depicted Johnson’s Anne shattering the fourth wall.

The Plot of Persuasion

In Persuasion, Anne Elliot is a 27-year-old unmarried woman in the early nineteenth century who appears to have few love possibilities — remember, if you didn’t have a ring on your finger by 21, you were indeed on the shelf and destined for spinsterhood.

Persuasion Netflix Release Date

Her snobbish family, on the verge of ruin, didn’t get her. Then, eight years later, Captain Frederick Wentworth, the naval officer Anne turned down, returns to town. She’s still unmarried, and he’s rather dashing, so may love bloom again?

Persuasion on Netflix Cast

Dakota is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and she made her cinematic debut in 1999 with Crazy In Alabama. She went on to appear in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie and the romantic comedy How To Be Single. She appeared in the sad Netflix film The Peanut Butter Falcon in 2019.


Cosmo Jarvis plays dashing navy captain Frederick Wentworth, a former admirer of Anne Elliot who returns to town. This British actress is best recognized for her role in Lady Macbeth, but she also appeared in Spooks: The Greater Good in 2015.

Mr. Elliot is Anne’s cousin, a vicious and callous guy, so he is a classic Jane Austen villain.

“The role of Mr. Elliot was simply too delicious for me to pass up—such he’s a nasty, mischievous spanner in the works,” Henry Golding explains. He’s a terrific character because you never know what he’s thinking or what motivates him—he turns on a dime. I was having a great time.” “Because you know you’re not going to end up with the female, you can truly let loose with it all.”

Persuasion Netflix Release Date

Henry Golding is likely acting against type here, as he is most known for his roles in the blockbuster comedies Crazy Rich Asians and A Simple Favor.

Who Else Acts in Netflix’s Persuasion?

Richard E. Grant, who plays Anne’s father, Sir Walter Elliot, also appears in the Netflix film Persuasion. “Sir Walter Elliot is possibly the vainest figure in all of literature,” Richard explains, “so we carried that to the hilt and beyond.” “It was a lot of fun playing someone entitled, selfish, and oblivious to anyone else’s sentiments.”

Persuasion Netflix Release Date

Nikki Amuka-Bird plays Lady Russell, while Stewart Scudamore (Risen, Die Another Day) plays Admiral Croft. Also in the cast are Ben Bailey-Smith, Suki Waterhouse, Izuka Hoyle, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Edward Bluemel, and Nia Towle.

Locations and Other Information About Persuasion

Carrie Cracknell, a British theatre director, directs her feature picture directorial debut, and Ron Bass and Alice Winslow adapt Persuasion. Persuasion filming began in the United Kingdom in May 2021, with many sequences taking place over the summer at the historic Royal Crescent in Bath, famously featured in the 1968 film Oliver! for the Who Will Buy? Sequence. It’s ideal for a Regency-era environment.

Persuasion Trailer

The Plot Will Be Quite Modern

This Persuasion will be updated with a “contemporary, funny approach.” Viewers should not expect a wholly updated tale, considering that the ensemble was photographed in historical attire.

This does not appear to be a Clueless (based on Emma) or Bridget Jones’ Diary (based on Pride and Prejudice) adaptation, but the dialogue may have been altered for a more “contemporary” vibe.

Persuasion Netflix Release Date

Deadline reports, “In this adaptation of Persuasion, Anne Elliot is a nonconforming woman with modern sensibilities who lives with her snobbish family, who are destitute. When Anne’s ex-husband, Frederick Wentworth, reappears in her life, she must choose between putting the past behind her and listening to her emotions regarding second chances.”

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