It doesn't really work. The most important thing I did was that I wanted to cast all the actors at the right ages. I wanted to cast them at the ages that Austen wrote them. It seemed to me that these are young people experiencing these emotions for the first time.
More Quotes from Joe Wright:You've got these six women - five daughters and Mrs Bennet - all talking over each other, all wanting to be heard and all needing their space. They've got to appear real.
Emma was the fairy godmother of the film she gave wonderful advice.
Jane Austen has phenomenal craft, ... I tried to stay faithful to the narrative, the tone and atmosphere of the book, to find a cinematic equivalent of 'Pride and Prejudice.'
I really didn't think I was going to like it, that it was only for girls. I was shocked by its sense of observation and its careful study. It felt very modern and very fresh.
It wasn't that originally I didn't want her. I think she's being too modest. I thought she may be too beautiful to play Elizabeth. I kind of had the idea that Elizabeth should be a little plainer. So I met a number of people for the role.
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