Last November we blogged about rumours that the BBC were producing a mini-series of Emma for 2009. I am embarrassed to admit that I forgot about this project (yes, I know! my fave. Austen, too) but after googling Austen during the week, discovered that Emma 2009 is currently filming!
The cast is:
Romola Garai as Emma
Johnny Lee Miller as Knightley
Michael Gambon as Mr Woodhouse
Jodhi May as Mrs Weston
Christina Cole as Mrs Elton
Blake Ritson as Mr Elton
Rupert Evans as Frank Churchill
Louise Dylan as Harriet Smith
Ironically enough some of these faces are not Austenly-unfamiliar: Johnny Lee Miller (Knightley) was Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park 1999, and Blake Ritson (Elton) was Edmund Bertram in MP 2007. Christina Cole played Caroline Bingley in Lost in Austen.
It looks like it'll be four parts, 240 minutes, with a release date of October 2009.
So ... opinions?? It's a pretty 'young and sexy' lineup, I think. I'm a bit deflated by Garai as Emma to tell the truth, for I don't really like her as an actress, but I think she was marvelous in Atonement. Johnny Lee Miller? Couldn't believe it at first, but I am very curious. I love Michael Gambon. Not too hot on the look. The hair scares me. But still, more Austen to look forward too! (Should I say now that Beckinsale's Emma is my favourite?)
But ... the hair, Louisa!
Pic 1: Romola Garai as Emma (2009) from: Pemberley
Pic 2: Romola Garai and Jodhi May as Mrs Weston from: Pemberley