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The new Brontë biopic is crazy, sexy and cool

Warner Bros. has released a trailer for Emily, the new directorial debut by Frances O’Connor, starring Sex Education’s Emma Mackey.

Emily Brontë, author of the 1847 romantic novel, Wuthering Heights is the subject of a new biopic set in 19th century Yorkshire, England. Emily is a directorial debut, written and directed by English-Australian actress, Frances O’Connor.

Frances is best known for her roles in Mansfield Park, AI and The Importance of Being Earnest. The biopic stars Emma Mackey, known and loved for her portrayal of ‘Maeve Wiley’ in the hit TV series, Sex Education

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O’Connor discussed the biopic in a recent interview with Total Film: “I know there’ll be some people that are pissed off about it, the Brontë historians will probably say, well, that didn’t happen.” She continues, “part of the appeal of the Brontës – and Emily in particular – is the mystique around them.”

“I read their books when I was a teenager, and I particularly loved Emily and Wuthering Heights. She’s a fascinating character – she died when she was 30, she was very introverted and private, and we don’t really know much about her. She created this novel, this ferocious piece of literature that’s full of atmosphere and deep dark feeling, so it just makes you think – well, who was she? That was my starting point.”

Described as “the transformative, exhilarating and uplifting journey to womanhood of one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic and passionate writers,” the biopic Emily is slated to premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022, before being theatrically released in the United Kingdom by October 14.

No word as yet on Australia or US dates. Watch the trailer here: