What happened to Whit Stillman’s promising Amazon show “The Cosmopolitans” starring Chloe Sevigny about American expats living in Paris? Last word was that Amazon had green lit certain episodes if not an entire series, and that’s great. But it looks like one of Stillman’s long-running side projects for the big screen is a go.
Stillman’s been working on “Love & Friendship” —an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan” that was left unpublished in her lifetime— for a while now, and it’s moving forward. The film will reunite Stillman’s “The Last Days of Disco” leads Kate Beckinsale & Chloe Sevigny. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set in the 1790s, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP concerns itself with beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
The cast also includes Xavier Samuel (“Adore,” “Fury,” “The Twilight Saga”) as the object of Lady Susan’s affections, Stephen Fry as Mr. Johnson, the long-suffering husband to Lady Susan’s friend and confidante Alicia (Sevigny), as well as Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Tom Bennett and Justin Edwards.