See Dakota Johnson in Netflix's adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion

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Photo credit: Netflix
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Netflix has released the first look images of their anticipated Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson and Richard E. Grant.

Hollywood star Dakota takes the lead as nonconformist heroine Anne Elliot, a modern and progressive young woman who lives with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy.

When Frederick Wentworth -the dashing one she let get 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.

Netflix says their reimagining of the author's final completed novel will take a "modern, witty approach".

In one of the new images, Dakota's Anne can be seen dressed in black as she peers expectantly out of the window, and in the other, Cosmo Jarvis's Frederick Wentworth and Henry Golding's William Elliot look to be having some form of confrontation.

Here's everything else we know so far of the period drama...

Persuasion: When is it released?

Netflix has confirmed that Persuasion will launch on July 15.

Persuasion: The cast

Dakota Johnson leads the ensemble cast as Anne Elliot, while Lady Macbeth actor Cosmo Jarvis plays former love interest Frederick Wentworth.

Photo credit: NICK WALL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: NICK WALL/NETFLIX

The cast also includes Nikki Amuka-Bird, Mia McKenna-Bruce with Richard E. Grant and Henry Golding.

Persuasion: The plot

Persuasion is Jane Austen's final completed novel, which was published in 1817, six months after her death. It's celebrated as the most mature of Austen's works with its examination of emotional identity, and investigation of the social, political, and moral order of the 19th century. The story follows a young woman named Anne Elliot who refuses to conform to the expectations of 19th century society, living with her snobbish family who are on the verge of bankruptcy.

When Anne's former fiance Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth reenters her life after no contact in more than seven years, it sets in motion many a humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second "bloom".

Persuasion launches on Netflix on July 15.

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