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Bill Nighy & Miranda Hart Join Anya Taylor-Joy In 'Emma'

Golden Globe and BAFTA® winner Bill Nighy (Page Eight, Their Finest), award-winning comedian and actress Miranda Hart (Miranda, Call the Midwife, Spy) and more join the cast of Working Title and Blueprint Pictures’ Emma. Joining the previously announced Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley, Nighy will take on the role of Emma’s father Mr. Woodhouse, with Hart as Miss Bates. Rounding out the cast are Mia Goth as Harriet Smith, Josh O’Connor as Mr. Elton, Callum Turner as Frank Churchill, Rupert Graves as Mr. Weston, Gemma Whelan as Mrs. Weston, Amber Anderson as Jane Fairfax, and Tanya Reynolds as Mrs. Elton. Autumn de Wilde will direct this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, written for the screen by Eleanor Catton with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin producing.

Principal production began this week in England and will run through the spring. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.

Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; Neil Jordan’s thriller Greta starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s directorial debut The Mustang; Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Selena Gomez; Harriet about the iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and directed by Kasi Lemmons; and the anticipated Downtown Abbey movie starring the entire original cast. Universal Pictures International has led distribution in select markets for titles including BlacKkKlansman; The Dead Don’t Die; Harriet; Downtown Abbey; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; Greta; Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben); and The Mustang.

Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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