Lady Susan on the Big Screen

In a previous post I wrote about one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, Lady Susan; and lamented the fact that it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I think that’s about to change. A new movie, based on the novel, will hit theaters in May.

Love and Friendship movie poster

For some reason the movie version has been named “Love and Friendship” (which I think is a little confusing, since its an adaptation of Lady Susan, not Jane Austen’s book Love and Freindship). But who am I to quibble with the title when the movie trailer clearly shows the film has everything I love in a Jane Austen adaptation?

Kate Beckinsale makes a perfect Lady Susan; deliciously snarky, cunningly manipulative, and vastly entertaining. Add in gorgeous costumes, authentic period settings, and witty dialogue, and I’m ready to stand in line for a theater ticket.

It looks like I’m not the only one who can’t wait to see the movie. Vogue included “Love and Friendship” in their recent list of 16 movies you should see this spring. And Slashfilm said it was laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The movie hits theaters May 13, but no word yet on the cities in which it will first be released. You can get updates about the movie’s release dates on Facebook and on Twitter.

Here’s to you, Lady Susan. See you in May.

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