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Sunday, May 24

Jane Austen Movie Throwdown

A new Emma is being filmed this spring, so we thought we'd ask you to vote whether the casting directors got the male actor right for the lead role as Mr. Knightley. You may leave a comment if your vote is for someone else. Click here and Click here to view two sets of images of the new production on The Republic of Pemberley.

Emma 2009 Lead MaleActor


Mr. Knightley: Jonny Lee Miller

This is Jonny's third role in a Jane Austen film adaptation. Back in 1983, he played Charles Price in the BBC adaptation of Mansfield Park and, as a reader reminded me, as Edmund in 1999's Mansfield Park. You might recall first seeing him in Trainspotting and Hackers, where he acted alongside Angelina Jolie, who became his wife. Jonnie comes from a long line of actors. His great-great grandfather was an Edwardian music hall performer and his grandfather was the British actor Bernard Lee, who played M in the first 12 James Bond films. His father, Alan Miller, worked as a stage actor and for the BBC for 20 years. Jonny has worked steadily since playing Charles Price. Before filming Emma, he played Eli Stone, a man with a brain aneurism who experiences visions in a weekly ABC drama. Is Jonny your perfect Mr. Knightley? Or would you have cast someone else in the role? You decide. You tell us.

Jane Austen Movie Throwdown: Jonnie Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley
He's right for the part
I don't care one way or the other
He's wrong, wrong, wrong
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11 comments:

Jamblyn said...

He also played Edmund in the 1999 version of Mansfield Park.

becca said...

I wanted Richard Armitage in the part but the more I read about Jonny the more I like him.

Enid Wilson said...

He doesn't look serious enough to me to play Knightley. But I will keep my mind open until I see his performance.

Charleybrown said...

Armitage would have been so lovely to see in this role and no one can outdo Jeremy Northam, but I AM looking forward to seeing Jonny Lee Miller's take on Knightley!

Ruth said...

I voted him as right for the part because I've really liked him in the past - hoping he proves my faith in him is not misplaced! :)

kaye dacus said...

He could actually be the reason why I might like this version of Emma. For example, the only reason I even own a copy of the Paltrow version of the film is because of Jeremy Northam, who was excellent in the role. Mark Strong, in the other version that came out that year, while not nearly as handsome, did a wonderful job with the character.

Considering that I dislike the character of Emma--in the movies and in the book--whether or not I like this new version will very much hinge on Miller's performance.

Heather Carroll said...

Johnny Lee can do no wrong in my eyes! Well...except maybe Dracula 2000

Ginger said...

It's hard for me to imagine anyone besides Jeremy Northam in the role--he was perfect--but I think Miller will do a fine job. Just for fun, though, I'd like to see Ewan McGregor in the role (he was Frank Churchill in the 1995 movie). He's now old enough to play Knightley.

Lynn said...

I'll give my vote to Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley...he's good in everything I've ever seen him in !

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Webster Twelb said...

I like him for the role.