‘The Favourite’ actor Joe Alwyn and ‘Sex Education’ star Emma Mackey have joined the biopic on author Emily Brontë, ‘Emily’.

Mackey will play the famed writer, Brontë while Alwyn will play the role of her conflicted lover. Fionn Whitehead and Emily Beecham have also joined the cast, Whitehead will play Branwell Brontë, Emily’s inspiring but self-destructive brother while Beecham takes on the role of Charlotte Brontë. Actress Frances O’Connor will pen and direct the project marking her directorial debut.

The story will follow Brontë on a transformative journey to womanhood, depicted as a rebel and a misfit.

“Emily Brontë’s work and words are full of passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence. In creating an imagined life for Emily, she will live again for our audience. Her story is about a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. Emily is, in fact, a love letter to women today, especially young women, a calling to them to challenge themselves to connect with their authentic voice and potential.” O’Connor stated.

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Barron said: “We are going to produce a movie of significant ambition – for audiences to enjoy and celebrate the scale of Emily Bronte’s own magnificent imagination.”

David Barron, Piers Tempest, Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson will produce. Filming is due to commence in the first quarter of 2021.