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Sienna Miller & Chloe Sevigny Join Whit Stillman's 'Love And Friendship,' Jennifer Aniston Wants 'Cake' & More

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 10, 2014 1:15 PM
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Though we waited far too long between Whit Stillman's "Last Days Of Disco" and 2011's "Damsels In Distress," it looks like the filmmaker won't be taking such a long break again. Last summer came word that he was working on a movie adaptation of Jane Austen's "Lady Susan," but we were thrown for a loop when when it was revealed at the end of January that the concept was being turned into a book, “Love & Friendship: An Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novella Concerning the Beautiful Lady Susan Vernon, Her Loves and Friendships, and the Strange Antagonism of the DeCourcy Family.” So is the movie dead? Nope.

Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny (who starred in "Last Days Of Disco") have joined the film, with production slated to begin this summer. Miller will be taking the titular role of Lady Susan Vernon, along with Sevigny in the comedy that follows "Lady Susan as she embarks on a relationship with a married man and stirs up some controversy along the way." However, in the hands of Stillman, we presume this will be something a bit different than your usual period fare. So, a book and a movie coming from Stillman? Yes, please. [The Herald]

In other news, Jennifer Aniston has joined the indie drama "Cake." Daniel Barnz ("Won't Back Down," "Beastly") will direct the film about "an acerbic woman who  becomes fascinated by the suicide of another woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of the suicide, she also grapples with her own personal tragedy." No word yet on when filming might begin. [Variety]

Lastly, Stellan Skarsgård has joined Ewan McGregor in the thriller "Our Kind Of Traitor," based on the book by John le Carré. Susanna White ("Generation Kill," "Parade's End") will direct the Hossein Amini-penned adaptation about " a couple who gets mixed up with a Russian oligarch and major money launderer. Caught up in his plans to defect, they are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service." Filming gets underway this summer. [ScreenDaily] 


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4 Comments

  • Brighton | March 30, 2014 12:26 PMReply

    These girls are so typical. Just for that I won't be seeing the movie. This is a period piece with women who look like their job is to go down on you. Very Austen.

  • Elinor | April 28, 2014 8:38 AM

    Maybe I wouldn't put it your way but I get the point - there are some actresses that can pull off that "period" look - Connie Nielsen, Kate Winslet, Rosamund Pike, Jessica Biel - and then others that just look post 1980s. Plus Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny just don't grab an audience. You need an actress with real sparkle to play Lady Susan.

  • Luci | February 11, 2014 4:51 PMReply

    Confused. It was a movie, then there was a book deal, now it is a movie again? Which is going to come first, and is the book an expansion of Austen's short novel or a novelization of the movie?

  • Barbara | February 11, 2014 8:42 AMReply

    Getting harder to keep track of this project. First it was a film - actually first it was a teleplay to be written by playwright Lucy Prebble but that project apparently got dropped - then it was a novel adaptation by Stillman - already a very good one done called "Lady Vernon and Her Daughter" plus another one that was written back in the '50s or '60s - now it is a movie again. I think the role calls for someone with a little more wicked sparkle than Sienna Miller - a Charlize Theron or Kate Winslet or even Sophia Myles.

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