Saturday, November 15
Team Bennet 2005: Where Are They Now?
This is one of my favorite happy moments in the 2005 movie adaptation, Pride and Prejudice, where all six of the team Bennet ladies walk together arm in arm. So where are all of these talented actresses now? From left to right.
Mrs. Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) stars as a Sister Ignatious, a Benedictine nun in the movie The Calling, the story of a young university graduate Joanna (Emily Beechen) engaged in a modern lifestyle who shocks her friends and family by announcing she has a calling to join a closed order of Benedictine Nuns and give up the life they had all assumed she was planning. The cast also includes other Austen related actors, Susannah Harker (Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice 1995) and Corin Redgrave (Persuasion 1995).
Jane Bennet (Rosamund Pike) stars with a slew of other Austen actors in An Education, (screenplay written by Nick Hornby), a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. The cast includes Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility 1995), Dominic Cooper (John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility 2008), Olivia Williams (Jane Austen in Miss Austen Regrets 2008, and Jane Fairfax in Emma 1996), Sally Hawkins (Anne Elliot in Persuasion 2007), and Carey Mulligan (Isabella Thorpe in Northanger Abbey 2007). Miss Pike is also engaged to her director from Pride and Prejudice, Joe Wright.
Kitty Bennet (Carey Mulligan) in addition to co-starring in An Education mentioned above, she has three major motion pictures in the queue, The Greatest, Brothers and Public Enemies.
Mary Bennet (Talulah Riley) has recently stared in Dr. Who and portrays Marianne in the movie The Boat that Rocked which is a period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960's. The cast also includes Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility 1995) and Gemma Arterton (Elizabeth Bennet in Lost in Austen).
Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) is currently staring as Georgiana Cavendish in the movie The Duchess and will be staring with Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse in Emma 1996) in Shakespeare’s King Lear.
Lydia Bennet (Jena Malone) portrays Kelly in The Messenger, the story of an American soldier (Ben Foster) who struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer played by Samantha Morton (Harriet Smith in Emma 1996).