If the idea of violence towards a life-size cutout of Colin Firth as Regency-era rogue Mr. Darcy necessitates a fainting couch and the administration of smelling salts, you may want to avert your eyes from the new trailer for "Austenland," based on the 2007 novel by Shannon Hale. If, however, you possess the constitution of a horse, then by all means, please partake.
"Austenland" follows Mr. Darcy-obsessed Jane Hayes (played by Keri Russell), who blows her life savings on a stay at the world's only immersive Austen experience (according to a bonneted Jane Seymour). But even surrounded by all things Jane, our heroine doesn't fit in: She's banished to the servants' wing in the creepy tower and thought of as "peculiar" by the band of Mr. Darcy impersonators (who, let's be honest, probably have "peculiar" listed as a job skill on their resumes). But like one of her favorite author's protagonists, Jane vows to follow her own path. "An Austen heroine gets engaged by the end of the book, and that's what I'm going to do," she muses.
Lucky for her, there are a number of eligible suitors among the Darcy stand-ins, including comely JJ Feild and Bret McKenzie. Swoon, indeed.
Produced by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, "Austenland" opens August 16.
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