Friday, 22 May 2015

First still of Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship arrives online

We reported earlier this year that, following his side-trip into streaming TV with Amazon pilot The Cosmopolitans, Whit Stillman was planning to gather his Last Days Of Disco (1998) veterans Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny for a new period drama, Love & Friendship. Now with the shoot in Ireland complete and editing currently underway, Stillman and Blinder Films have released their first still of leads from the film.

Adapted from Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan, the 1790s set story sees Beckinsale as widow Lady Susan Vernon, who heads to the country estate of her in-laws amid much speculation about her social life. There, she makes an attempt to find a husband and to help her daughter Frederica fall in love.

Sevigny plays the heroine's confidante, Alicia and Stillman has also rounded up James Fleet (Sense And Sensibility), Jemma Redgrave (I'll Be There), Emma Greenwell (Shameless), Morfydd Clark (Madame Bovary), Tom Bennett (Shadow Dancer) and Justin Edwards (The Duchess) to co-star.

Stillman has yet to lock down a release date for this one, but we would expect to see the film before the end of the year. As for The Cosmopolitans, there is no firm idea on whether it will be a series as yet, but Amazon did order more scripts. They will be delivered in two days with free shipping.

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