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Dakota Johnson set to star in brand new Netflix period drama – but fans are divided

The Fifty Shades of Grey actress will play the lead role

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Francesca Shillcock
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Dakota Johnson is set to star in the upcoming Netflix adaption of Jane Austen's classic novel, Persuasion. The actress, who is perhaps best-known for playing Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, will take on the lead role for the project, which begins production in May.

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It seems fans had a mixed reaction after the news broke. One person wrote on Twitter: "Now THIS is what I'm talking about." A second echoed the excitement, tweeting: "I'm so happy! Go Dakota."

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Meanwhile, a third wrote: "Awww I can't wait for this." However, others were more sceptical of the adaption and wondered if the "modern" approach might ruin the story.

One fan said on social media: "Hmmmm. Fingers crossed for it but feel like after Emma2020 I might be disappointed." A second wrote: "Seriously... Persuasion.... I love Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth but she needs to use British accent. Do not use american accent... why not cast a british actress?"

Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot (Dakota), who is reunited with an old love-interest Frederick Wentworth and then faces the dilemma of moving on to a different life or allowing Frederick another chance.

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Dakota Johnson will star as the lead in the Austen adaptation

The streaming giant reportedly promises the new film adaptation will be a "modern and witty" approach to the story, while remaining loyal to the novel's story and heart.

The official synopsis for the upcoming movie reads: "Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities.

"When Frederick Wentworth – the dashing one she once sent away – crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances." 

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