Look, if there's one thing the current entertainment environment probably doesn't need these days, it's another tired retread of Jane Austen's classics. No one asked for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and yet, here we are.
However, if Whit Stillman, the man behind modern idle rich comedies of manners like Metropolitan, wants to try his hand at Austen, then the only thing to say is, why has no one suggested this before? Especially since Stillman's Love & Friendship is taking on not the venerable (but frankly overexposed) Pride and Prejudice, but a little-read novella published after Austen's death, Lady Susan. Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, who also were in Stillman's Last Days of Disco, star as a pair of friends who get deep into the usual Austenian plot complications: securing marriages, manipulating social circles, and being devastatingly disdainful of those who are stupider than them (everyone). Watch the trailer below in anticipation of Love & Friendship's May 13 release.