Succession breakout Sarah Snook will star in Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel that Mahalia Belo is directing for Searchlight.
Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, whose credits range from Sufragette to How to Build a Girl, are producing via their Monumental Pictures banner. BBC Films is co-financing the drama.
Persuasion, a romance of second chances, tells the story of Anne Elliot who, many years after refusing the proposal of young naval officer Frederick Wentworth, finds herself navigating the waters of English society when Wentworth returns from war a wealthy and decorated captain. As Anne ponders missed opportunities, she must consider her own regrets and unwavering, possibly unrequited love.
Snook will play Elliot.
Jessica Swale, the writer-director of the Gemma Arterton-starring war drama Summerland, is writing the adaptation of the book that was first published in 1818.
Searchlight Pictures U.K.’s head of development and production Katie Goodson-Thomas is overseeing Persuasion with senior development exec Pete Spencer and manager Apolline Berty.
Snook was most recently nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as the scene-stealing Siobhan ‘Shiv’ Roy on HBO’s award-winning series Succession. She also appears opposite Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf in Pieces of a Woman, the buzzy festival drama directed by Kornél Mundruczó that was picked up by Netflix.
She is repped by UTA and Omni Artists.