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All Things 'Austenland': New Website and Trailer for Keri Russell Rom-Com About a Jane Austen Die-Hard (VIDEO)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 22, 2013 at 2:20PM

Jerusha Hess' romantic comedy "Austenland" stars Keri Russell as a Jane Austen die-hard who signs up to be part of an immersive Regency-era theme park dedicated to the beloved author. It premiered at Sundance at the beginning of this year, and hits theaters on August 16. Check out the new website, which is as endearingly geeky as the film promises to be, and watch the trailer below.
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"Austenland"
"Austenland"

Jerusha Hess' romantic comedy "Austenland" stars Keri Russell as a Jane Austen die-hard who signs up to be part of an immersive Regency-era theme park dedicated to the beloved author. It premiered at Sundance at the beginning of this year, and hits theaters on August 16. Check out the new website, which is as endearingly geeky as the film promises to be, and watch the trailer below.

Jane Seymour and funnywoman Jennifer Coolidge also star, along with Bret McKenzie ("Flight of the Conchords") and JJ Feild ("Captain America") as the two potential real-life Mr. Darcies ready to sweep Russell's character off her feet. 

Here's the film's official synopsis:

“AUSTENLAND” is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with all things Jane Austen.  But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen–crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency–era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.  Based on the novel by Shannon Hale (who also co-wrote the script), the film was written and directed by Jerusha Hess (writer, “Napoleon Dynamite”) and produced by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films.

Meanwhile, Colin Firth's essential big-screen turn as Mr. Darcy in the BBC's 1995 production of "Pride and Prejudice" was recently immortalized -- as a 12-foot statue in London's Serpentine Lake.

This article is related to: Video, Keri Russell, Sony Pictures Classics, Trailers, Austenland


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.