In the first teaser for Netflix’s Persuasion, the Fifty Shades of Grey actress plays Anne Elliot, a progressive young woman with plenty of sarcastic quips about her family.
For example, she characterizes her father, Richard E. Grant, as someone who “never encountered a mirrored surface he didn’t like.”
Despite this, she adores and respects her family, who persuaded her to send her possible spouse, Frederick Wentworth, away (Cosmo Jarvis). “I would have been a considerably happier lady keeping him than I have been giving him up,” Anne says in the teaser.
Frederick reappears, though, at the most inconvenient moment. He’s a stronger marriage prospect now that he’s a decorated war captain, but Anne still has work to do if she wants to save their relationship.
Frederick isn’t the only eligible bachelor in Anne’s life, thankfully. Anne’s cousin, William Elliot (Henry Golding), shows up and professes interest in a love match.
William tells Anne, “I am willing to work for my titles,” to which she responds, “Imagine my luck.” A flirt as well as a hard worker. “
“Don’t forget rich,” William adds as the final word.
“How is it that life could become saturated with such newness without warning?” Anne wonders, as she can’t believe how her romantic prospects have changed.
Anne will be forced to “choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances,” as Netflix suggested in the description.
Dakota remarked that this was one of her first period dramas, which was a refreshing change from her previous performances. In December, she told Vogue, “Persuasion was so much fun.”
“Doing a Jane Austen film is a dream come true, and there are only a few of them, so I consider myself quite fortunate. Our cast is great, and our director, Carrie Cracknell, is incredible.
When Persuasion arrives on Netflix on July 15, you may see Dakota as Anne.