It has been announced that Emily Browning has replaced Ophelia Lovibond in the upcoming period drama film, Summer in February.

Dominic Cooper Emily Browning Dan Stevens Summer in February

It seems that Browning is getting rather good at being the replacement actress – just last year she took over from Mia Wasikowska, who had originally been in the lead role of Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty before she ditched the film on order to star opposite Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre (well who can blame her?). This time around, Browning’s stepped in to replace Lovibond in what is most likely to be the role of impressionist artist, Laura Knight in Summer in February.

Inspired by a true story, Summer in February is the story of a love-triangle within the bohemian Newlyn School artists’ commune, set in Cornwall during the Edwardian period. The film is based the novel of the same name by Jonathan Smith, who has also penned the big screen adaptation, and will be directed by Prime Suspect‘s Christopher Menaul.

Browning will also star alongside Dominic Cooper, who made several notable appearances on the film scene during 2011, taking the lead roles of both Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein in The Devil’s Double, and starring in the critically acclaimed, My Week with Marilyn. He’ll also be appearing in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter later this year.

Completing the love-triangle is Dan Stevens, who is better known as Downton Abbey‘s Matthew Crawley – and who, by coincidence, will also be starring in a vampire-themed film later this year, with a role in the comedy-horror, Vamps.

While Summer in February was previously shaping to be a classic Brit-flick, the addition of Australian Browning will no doubt shake things up a little. It certainly doesn’t bode well that Browning’s Sucker Punch was critically panned, perhaps to a greater degree than even Lovibond’s last film, the Jim Carrey vehicle Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Summer in February has recently begun shooting in Cornwall – we’ll keep you posted!

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