Feb 03, 2015 4:31PM

Chloë Sevigny And Kate Beckinsale To Team Up On Whit Stillman's 'Lady Susan'

Urban haute bourgeoisie.

The director of the 80s-era 1998 movie The Last Days of Disco and its stars Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale are reuiniting on a new project. Love & Friendship is a Jane Austen adaptation that will transport the trio to 18th century England, so instead of disco-pashes, yuppies and excellent dancing there'll be a lot of manners and match-making. Notable Englishman Stephen Fry and Aussie actor Xavier Samuel will play Chloë and Kate's love interests.

If you're not familiar with filmmaker Whit Stillman's off-kilter celebration of bougie youth, let us be your movie spirit guide.

The Last Days of Disco (1998)
Set: "The very early 1980s"
Standout: Peak-era Kate Beckinsale (yes, there is such a thing)

Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale play Alice and Charlotte, college graduates trying to find their feet in Manhattan's exclusive club culture. The girls live in a 'railroad apartment' and both work as editors at a legit book publisher even though they're straight outta college. One of them ends up contracting both gonorrhea and herpes. Try and guess which one!



Metropolitan (1990)
Set: "Not so long ago"
Standout: Those debutante dresses

Whit explores the perilous world of bourgeois Manhattanites making their social premieres at debutant balls in this comedy of . The classy/raw/lol-filled film, which premiered at Sundance 25 years ago, established Whit's distinctive combo of dry wit and posh ppl, and is often considered part of a trilogy with his later works.


Barcelona (1994)
Set: Early 1980s
Standout: Mira Sorvino

Two Americans travel to Spain towards the end of the Cold War, one is an uptight suit on business the other a military man sent to control Anti-American sentiment. The red-blooded men meet some local babes and get themselves into some funny situations thanks to Whit's absurdly timed moments of comedy. This movie also has Mira Sorvino, which is as good a reason as any to watch/rewatch it.



Damsels in Distress (2011)
Set: Early 2010s
Standout: A pre-Frances Ha Greta Gerwig

This college comedy tells the story of a proactive girl gang headed by Violet (Greta Gerwig) who leads Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and Heather (Carrie MacLemore) and new girl Lily (Analeigh Tipton) in a mission to improve the lives of fellow students. The girls run a suicide prevention centre where they teach tap dancing to depressed, grungy classmates.


So if you even somewhat appreciate those fast-talking Gilmore Girls or the self-conscious yet earnest and painful-to-watch depiction of #youth on Girls, then you might want to organise yourself a Whit Stillman movie marathon sometime soon in anticpiation of Lady Susan.

Lucy Jones