Henry Golding wants to veer away from his usual roles and play something different. This is why he accepted the character Mr. William Elliot on Netflix’s film adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1817 novel Persuasion.
According to Deadline, Golding’s character — a cousin of Anne Elliot (Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson) — is a “callous, classic Austen foil.”
The role is against the typical refined characters he has played so far.
Golding rose to prominence in the 2018 romantic comedy film Crazy Rich Asians as the wealthy, eligible bachelor Nick Young.
This was followed by A Simple Favor, where Golding starred alongside Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.
In 2019, he appeared in romantic-comedy film Last Christmas with Emilia Clarke.
Persuasion is about Anne Elliot, a sensible, gentle woman bound to the shackles of her almost bankrupt family, whose great love, Frederick Wentworth, returns after seven years.
The original book — the last novel Austen wrote before she died — was previously adapted in 2007, with Sally Hawkins playing Anne Elliot.
Production for the Netflix film starts in May. Direction is by Carrie Cracknell, and screenplay by Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow.