Delighted to share the news that Emma Mackey, Joe Alwyn, Fionn Whitehead and Emily Beecham have boarded director Frances O’Connor’s revitalisation of Emily Brontë’s origin story.
The production is located in Yorkshire, UK and Principle Photography will start in Q1 2021.
From a self-penned script, O’Connor imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers, author of the seminalWuthering Heights: Emily Brontë.
Emma Mackey (Death on the Nile, Eiffel), a bona fide star of her generation and lead in Netflix mega-hit Sex Education, heads a fresh and provocative cast as Emily.
Joe Alwyn (a regular in Oscar calibre pictures The Favourite, Boy Erased, Mary Queen of Scots and Harriet), star of Netflix’s forthcoming Jojo Moyes’ adaptation Last Letter from Your Lover, stars as Emily’s conflicted lover. Fionn Whitehead (who played the lead in both the multi award winning Dunkirk and the Emmy Award winning Bandersnatch) plays Branwell Brontë, Emily’s inspiring but self-destructive brother (Other credits include leading roles in The Children Act and Port Authority). Fionn will be seen later this year in Roger Michell’s The Duke opposite Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent and Neil Berger’s Voyagers.
Cannes Film Festival 2019’s Best Actress, Emily Beecham (Little Joe, Disney’s upcoming Cruella), completes the top-tier foursome and plays a superstar in her own right: Charlotte Brontë.
Double Golden Globe nominee Frances O’Connor, known for her extensive acting career including ‘Mansfield Park, Bedazzled, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Windtalkers, Madame Bovary, The Missing and The Importance of Being Ernest’ makes her directorial debut.
Frances O’Connor says “Emily Brontë’s work and words are full of passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence. In creating an imagined life for Emily, she will live again for our audience. Her story is about a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. Emily is, in fact, a love letter to women today, especially young women, a calling to them to challenge themselves to connect with their authentic voice and potential. I am so excited to work with such a thrilling, talented, young cast; luminous, intelligent, and spirited.”
We are delighted to be partnering with David Barron (Harry Potter films 4-8, Cinderella, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Robert Connolly / Robert Patterson of Arenamedia (Paper Planes, Balibo, The Dry) as the producing team on the production.