Jane Austen fans, feast your eyes on the recently released trailer for the movie Love & Friendship.

Although it is based on an untitled novella published after Austen’s death as Lady Susan (available in several editions, including one from Penguin Classics), the movie uses the title of a different work by Austen, an early short story.

As we wrote earlier, the film is directed by Whit Stillman, described in an interview with Vanity Fair as “The cult director of contemporary and contemporary-ish Austen-inflected fare,” such as Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco. It stars  Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, with Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry and is set for release in theaters on May 13. followed by streaming via Amazon Prime.

The tie-in is written by the director:

Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated by Whit Stillman, (Hachette/Little, Brown).

The reviews of the screening at the Sundance Film Festival this year were warm, as exemplified by those from Vanity Fair, “Love & Friendship: A Cream Puff of a Movie” and the Guardian, “Kate Beckinsale is a devious delight.”

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