Deadline is exclusively reporting that Emma Mackey, Joe Alwyn, Fionn Whitehead and Emily Beecham are set to star in Frances O’Connor’s directorial debut Emily, a biopic focusing on the early life of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë.
Frances O’Connor released a statement saying:
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.
Producer David Barron added:
We are going to produce a movie of significant ambition – for audiences to enjoy and celebrate the scale of Emily Bronte’s own magnificent imagination.
Embankment’s Tim Haslam added:
We really admire Frances’ expertise for combining highly refreshing and emotional storytelling with detailed research and nuanced observation and we celebrate her as a new voice of cinema.
Emma Mackey (whose credits include Sex Education and Death On The Nile) will star as Emily Brontë, Joe Alwyn (whose credits include The Favourite and Harriet) be will star as Emily’s conflicted lover. Fionn Whitehead (whose credits include Dunkirk and Bandersnatch) will star as Emily’s inspiring but self-destructive brother Branwell Brontë, and Emily Beecham (whose credits include Little Joe and Into The Badlands) will star as Charlotte Brontë.
The film will also be produced by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Productions, as well as Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson under the Arenamedia banner.