Emma Mackey, star of Netflix’s Sex Education, has already accumulated an impressive resume, acting in films like Eiffel and being cast in the upcoming film Barbie opposite Margot Robbie. Now, the actress is stepping into the shoes of a legendary British literary historical figure: Emily Brontë.

Emily is a biopic that’s set to release today in UK cinemas, seeing Mackey step into the role of acclaimed author, Emily Brontë of the famed Brontë sisters, and author of the literary classic Wuthering Heights. Helmed by actress Frances O’Connor in her directorial debut, it also proves to be the first leading role for Mackey, having previously played integral roles in the aforementioned Eiffel, as well as Death on the Nile earlier this year. The film first premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival to glittering reviews, with the Guardian describing it as a “sensitive and passionate portrait of the author”.

The film also stars Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Oliver Jackson Cohen (The Invisible Man), Alexandra Dowling (The Three Musketeers), Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty, The Hollow Crown) and Gemma Jones (Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter).

The cast also features Alexandra Dowling and Amelia Gething as Charlotte and Anne Brontë, respectively. The film tells the story of the younger years of Emily, before she wrote what was to become her only, but hugely iconic, full length novel.

Mackey had been attached to the project for a while, and we finally got the first look at the film in its first trailer released back in August of this year. The film is not billed as being hugely historically accurate, but more of a fun imagining of the formative years of the young novelist, who died tragically at the age of 30.

The trailer gives a glimpse of the atmospheric period drama, with the central question of “How did Emily Brontë write Wuthering Heights?”, with Emily facing her own fears and doubts, and getting encouragement to “be an artist.”


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