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Hailee Steinfeld to Play Emily Dickinson for New Apple Series

Steinfeld has been cast as Emily Dickinson in the newly ordered Apple series Dickinson, about the American author’s coming-of-age years. It’s being billed as a comedy that “explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view,” and will be set in the 1800s with a “modern sensibility and tone.”

Link to our thread on A Quiet Passion, the Cynthia Nixon-starring Dickinson biopic.

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While I don't idolize Emily Dickinson, I don't have a good feeling about this. Why can't she just be an oddball 19th century girl named Emily Jones?

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8 hours ago, BethR said:

While I don't idolize Emily Dickinson, I don't have a good feeling about this. Why can't she just be an oddball 19th century girl named Emily Jones?

I'm feeling similarly. Of course, after the drearily pious A Quiet Passion, this might be a more interesting take.

My own conviction is that they should just not make movies or TV shows about poets. No one ever gets it right.

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15 hours ago, NBooth said:

I'm feeling similarly. Of course, after the drearily pious A Quiet Passion, this might be a more interesting take.

My own conviction is that they should just not make movies or TV shows about poets. No one ever gets it right.

I do like Hailee Steinfeld. As for movies (at least) about poets, I'd make an exception for Bright Star, which was quite good with Keats. But that's the only success I can think of.

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I need to rewatch Bright Star. You're the third or fourth person in as many months that I've seen praise it.

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This piece at Vulture convinced me to go ahead and do a trial subscription to Apple TV so I could check out the series. It helps to think of the show as  less a biographical piece on Dickinson and more a slightly more sophisticated Another Period. The take on Thoreau is cartoonish, at best, but it's entertaining. It's disheartening because now we're in for another generation of "Yuk yuk, Thoreau's mom did his laundry!" jokes--but, really, we would get those anyway because there's no such thing as an original joke at Thoreau's expense. 

As for Steinfeld, she's entrancing, of course. She's very definitely playing Dickinson as a contemporary kinda-goth teenage girl, which is perhaps predictable but it's anyway more entertaining than A Quiet Passion's grim dreariness. 

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Finished this today. It's pretty much what I described above. It's blessedly not overly self-satisfied, most of the time, though it feels the need to nudge viewers in the ribs a few more times than is strictly necessary to sell its jokes. Pleasant, innocuous, lit-nerd-flavored cotton candy.

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