Seventeen years after they co-starred in Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will reunite onscreen in another Stillman film.
Beckinsale will play the lead role in Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s posthumous novella Lady Susan, in which the main character is a beautiful widow in search of a husband for herself and a father for her daughter. She arrives at the estate of her in-laws to avoid rumors about her dalliances. Sevigny will play Lady Susan’s confidante Alicia, who lives vicariously through her friend’s affairs and manipulations of men.
Lady Susan has been described as the most cynical work in Austen’s oeuvre and has seldom been adapted for film or TV, so it’ll be interesting to see how the author’s rare black humor translates to the screen.