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Dakota Johnson is seen for first time as Anne Elliot while filming Netflix’s Persuasion in Salisbury

She’s playing protagonist Anne Elliot in Netflix‘s upcoming ‘modern and witty’ take on Jane Austen’s classic book Persuasion. 

And Dakota Johnson was seen in character for the first time as she donned a white shirt and long black dress while filming in Salisbury on Saturday.

The Fifty Shades Of Grey actress, 31, sipped wine during the shoot and chatted to her co-star Nikki Amuka-Bird, 45, who is thought to be playing Lady Russell.

In character: Dakota Johnson was seen playing Anne Elliot for the first time as she donned a white shirt and long black dress while filming for Netflix’s Persuasion in Salisbury on Saturday

Dakota appeared to be in good spirits while relaxing on a swing and chatting, with the star cradling a glass during the conversation.

She sported a long charcoal grey dress with a thin long-sleeved shirt buttoned up over the top.

At one point, Dakota was seen throwing the remnants of her drink into the grass and sporting an animated expression.  

Nikki, who has previously starred in TV series Gold Digger, donned a more period costume for the location shoot. 

On location: The Fifty Shades Of Grey actress, 31, sipped wine during the shoot and chatted to her co-star Nikki Amuka-Bird, 45, who is thought to be playing Lady Russell

On location: The Fifty Shades Of Grey actress, 31, sipped wine during the shoot and chatted to her co-star Nikki Amuka-Bird, 45, who is thought to be playing Lady Russell

Her purple dress featured ruffled long sleeves and a pleated skirt, with the actress also wearing a smart hat to complete her look. 

In April, Variety reported that Netflix’s adaption will be a ‘modern, witty approach’ on the classic tale, however it seems that the costumes will not be updated. 

There is no official release date for the film yet, but filming has now kicked off. 

The film is set to focus on Austen’s protagonist Anne, a woman who doesn’t want to conform to society’s rules, choosing to live with her near-bankrupt family instead.

Anne remains unmarried at 27-years-old, but when she reconnects with a man she once rejected she realises she has another chance at love.    

Conversation: Dakota held onto the swing and looked up at her co-star during their chat

Conversation: Dakota held onto the swing and looked up at her co-star during their chat

Cheeky: She looked rather pleased with herself after throwing away the remnants of her drink

Cheeky: She looked rather pleased with herself after throwing away the remnants of her drink

Looking good: The actress donned a thin white shirt and had hair styled up for the shoot

Fun: Dakota appeared to be in good spirits while relaxing on a swing and chatting

Looking good: The actress donned a thin white shirt and had hair styled up for the shoot

Getting notes? Dakota and Nikki attentively listened as another woman joined them on the set

Getting notes? Dakota and Nikki attentively listened as another woman joined them on the set

Another take: Several crew members could be seen filming the scene around the actresses

Another take: Several crew members could be seen filming the scene around the actresses

Also set to be joining Dakota in the star-studded film is Crazy Rich Asian’s star Henry Golding, with Deadline reporting he’s set to play Mr William Elliot. 

Mr. Elliot is described as an unscrupulous charmer who is ‘black at heart’ with ‘no feeling for others’ by another character. In the novel, he is a distant relation of Anne’s who comes into a great deal of money after his heiress wife dies.

Mr. Elliot then swoops in on Anne’s family who are facing serious financial problems after her profligate father spends them into debt. 

Anne takes a liking to the dashing and charismatic Mr. Elliot who aggressively pursues her romantically and even plans to pop the question.

Quick break: The stars chatted to each other in between takes of the new Jane Austen show

Quick break: The stars chatted to each other in between takes of the new Jane Austen show

Fixing it: Another member of the crew was spotted sorting out something on Nikki's long skirt

Fixing it: Another member of the crew was spotted sorting out something on Nikki’s long skirt

Bit of downtime: Dakota relaxed on the swing while waiting for Nikki's dress to be fixed

Bit of downtime: Dakota relaxed on the swing while waiting for Nikki’s dress to be fixed

All smiles: Dakota seemed to be in good spirits as she smiled at Nikki

Attentive: The actress listened to what Nikki had to say while on the swing

All smiles: Dakota seemed to be in good spirits as she smiled at Nikki (left) and listened to what she had to say (right) while on the swing

Smart: She sported a long charcoal grey dress with a thin long-sleeved shirt buttoned up over the top for most of the shoot

Smart: She sported a long charcoal grey dress with a thin long-sleeved shirt buttoned up over the top for most of the shoot

All done: Dakota also emptied her glass as the stars headed into a white tent at the shoot

All done: Dakota also emptied her glass as the stars headed into a white tent at the shoot

Simple: She sported only a light touch of blusher and lipstick, with her hair mostly tied back

Simple: She sported only a light touch of blusher and lipstick, with her hair mostly tied back

Her family adores William because of his money and status, which elevates them in the city of Bath by association, but Anne is less convinced.

She discovers he only married his first wife for her money – and she is also fielding the affections of her old flame Frederick Wentworth who returns to the scene.

Elsewhere, Cosmo Jarvis is said to be playing Anne’s love interest Captain Frederick Wentworth, and Nikki Amuka-Bird, who was seen shooting with Dakota on Monday, will also appear in the upcoming film as widow Lady Russell.

Suki Waterhouse and Richard E. Grant are also starring in the Netflix feature. 

Knocking it back: Dakota happily sipped the drink during the countryside shoot in Salisbury

Knocking it back: Dakota happily sipped the drink during the countryside shoot in Salisbury 

Safety first: While chatting to another woman on the set, Dakota donned a plastic face shield

Safety first: While chatting to another woman on the set, Dakota donned a plastic face shield

Second look: She also sported a warm jacket over her black dress while not in front of the camera

Accessories: Dakota was seen wearing a long necklace which tucked into her scooped neckline

Second look: She also sported a warm jacket over her black dress while not in front of the camera

Takes a team: The camera men and crew members all donned face masks while working on the upcoming Netflix film which is said to be a 'modern and witty' interpretation

Takes a team: The camera men and crew members all donned face masks while working on the upcoming Netflix film which is said to be a ‘modern and witty’ interpretation 

Classic tale: Persuasion was Austen's final book before her death in 1817, she also wrote other classics like Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility (Dakota pictured filming)

Classic tale: Persuasion was Austen’s final book before her death in 1817, she also wrote other classics like Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility (Dakota pictured filming)

Persuasion was most recently adapted in 2007 with Sally Hawkins taking the role of Anne and Searchlight Pictures are currently also preparing to adapt the book for their own version which will star Succession’s Sarah Snook. 

Carrie Cracknell is set to make her directorial debut with the feature film, and made her name directing Jake Gyllenhaal in Broadway’s production of Sea Wall/ A Life.

It was also revealed that Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow have adapted the book for the silver screen, and production is expected to begin in May.

Persuasion was Austen’s final book before her death in 1817, she also wrote other classics like Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility.

Refil: A man handed Dakota a fresh drink while she was sitting with Nikki

Refil: A man handed Dakota a fresh drink while she was sitting with Nikki

One of many: Persuasion was most recently adapted in 2007 and Searchlight Pictures are also preparing to adapt the book for their own version (pictured Dakota filming the Netflix version)

One of many: Persuasion was most recently adapted in 2007 and Searchlight Pictures are also preparing to adapt the book for their own version (pictured Dakota filming the Netflix version)

Getting along: The two actresses seemed to be relaxed in each other's company

Getting along: The two actresses seemed to be relaxed in each other’s company

Joking: Dakota put on an animated display during one part of the scene with her on-screen pal

Joking: Dakota put on an animated display during one part of the scene with her on-screen pal

2021 is proving to be a busy year for Dakota, with the actress currently having several film projects in the pipeline, with one set to make its debut later this year.

She will also star alongside Olivia Colman and Peter Sarsgaard in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s upcoming directorial debut, The Lost Daughter.

The feature is based on Elena Ferrante’s 2006 book of the same name, which is centered on a woman whose encounter with another individual and her daughter causes a flood of suppressed memories to resurface.

Touchups: Crew pinned Nikki's costume together and fixed her hair while Dakota chatted to another member of the team

Touchups: Crew pinned Nikki’s costume together and fixed her hair while Dakota chatted to another member of the team

Packed schedule: 2021 is proving to be a busy year for Dakota, with the actress currently having several film projects in the pipeline, with one set to make its debut later this year

Packed schedule: 2021 is proving to be a busy year for Dakota, with the actress currently having several film projects in the pipeline, with one set to make its debut later this year


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