WEEK IN WOMEN: Frances O’Connor to Direct Emily Bronte Biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Frances O’Connor, whose acting resume includes roles in Mansfield Park, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and The Conjuring 2, will make her directorial debut with Emily, a biopic about the early years of Wuthering Heights novelist Emily Bronte. O’Connor will direct from her own screenplay.

Emma Mackey, who stars in the Netflix series Sex Education alongside Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson, is set to play the lead role in Emily.

The cast also will include Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) as Emily’s conflicted lover; Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) as Branwell Bronte, Emily’s writer-painter brother, who dealt with drug and alcohol addiction; and Emily Beecham (Hail, Caesar!) as Emily’s sister and fellow author Charlotte Bronte. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.