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Pride & Prejudice - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

PRIDE & Prejudice, the latest star-studded adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, is being released in UK cinemas from September 16.

The film stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Fitzwilliam Darcy, as well as Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn (as Mr and Mrs Bennet) and a supporting cast including Judi Dench, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone and Tom Hollander.

It is described as a fresh yet faithful adaptation of the original novel, which follows the adventures of Elizabeth Bennet, her four sisters and their attempts to find husbands.

When a wealthy bachelor and his circle of sophisticated friends take up summer residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz with hope that potential suitors will be in full supply.

But once Elizabeth meets up with Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), what seemed at first like a match made in heaven quickly becomes one of the most classic battles of the sexes ever portrayed in literature.

The film was shot entirely on location in the UK, including Derbyshire, Wiltshire and Kent, and is directed by Joe Wright, in what marks his feature film debut.

Wright has, however, cut his teeth on TV and his recent drama, Charles II: the Pride and the Passion, was nominated for five BAFTA Awards, winning Best Drama Series and Best Costume.

The screenplay has been adapted by Deborah Moggach, the prize-winning author of numerous television screenplays including Stolen, Goggleyes, See- Saw, Close Relations and Final Demand.

Her many novels include the bestselling Tulip Fever and Porky.

The film is being backed by Working Title Films, the company behind some of the biggest British hits of recent years, including Four Weddings and A Funeral and Love Actually.

It is expected to be one of the biggest hits of the autumn cinema season.

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