Jane Austen’s novels might thrive on the enemies to lovers trope, but Twitter isn’t quite at the lovers stage when it comes to Netflix’s adaptation of Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson. The streaming service released a trailer for the upcoming movie today, and Austen fans took to the tweets to slam the flick for its more modern, winky take on the classic book.
In PersuasionAnne Elliot (Johnson), hopeless romantic, is yearning for love after her family persuaded her to ditch Captain Frederick Wentworth (Jarvis) because of his humble beginnings. After eight years of missing Jarvis, he finally returns, just as Johnson finds love with the dashing Mr. Elliot (Golding).
Johnson told Vogue back in December that making Persuasion was “so fun,” adding that, “doing a Jane Austen film is the dream, and there are only a few of them, so I feel incredibly lucky. The cast is amazing, and our director Carrie Cracknell is fantastic. I think they’re still in the edit, but I’m so curious to see how it turns out.”
Well, now we’ve seen how it turned out — or at least a few minutes of it — and fans of the Austen novels have left some scathing reviews on Twitter.
Persuasion is the last novel fully completed by Austen, and was published six months after her death in 1817. The movie also stars Richard E. Grant, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Ben Bailey-Smith, Yolanda Kettle, Nia Towle, and Izuka Hoyle. You can catch Persuasion on Netflix on July 15, and watch the trailer above… If you dare.