It turns out there’s another adaptation lurking on the horizon, and this time it’s Yorkshire-set classic, Wuthering Heights.
Before you all break into song – “Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy, come home…” – we should warn you that this looks set to be a somewhat different take on the Bronte novel than some previous adaptations.
Kaya Scodelario, who played sultry teen Effy in E4’s Skins, is set to play the heroine, Cathy. As both Natalie Portman and Gemma Arterton have been previously attached to the role, there’ll certainly be high expectations for her performance.
Scodelario broke the news via Twitter, with a tweet stating, “need to start learning the yorkshire accent… im gonna be in the new Wuthering Heights film! as cathy! should probs read the book… start filming next month, cant wait! Andrea Arnold is directing, she is amazing! cant wait to work with her!”.
Indeed, it is Andrea Arnold who has taken on the role of director, after both John Maybury and then Peter Webber dropped out of the project. Arnold’s previous feature length films, Red Road and Fish Tank, have both been tense dramas set on British suburban estates – giving us an idea of what we might expect from this latest adaptation.
Although the male lead role of vengeful gent, Heathcliff, is yet to be cast, film-makers are reportedly looking for a Yorkshire-born actor to take on the part. Whoever it is, they’re sure to brighten up A-level classes up and down the country by starring in this curriculum favourite.
Whilst Scodelario might be significantly younger than actresses who have previously taken on this somewhat iconic role, the 18 year old is actually a far more accurate choice – with Bronte’s Cathy being just 18 at her eldest. She’s also no stranger to ill-fated on-screen love affairs, with Effy’s rocky relationship with Freddie proving to be by far the most interesting thing in the last season of Skins. We can’t wait to hear who’ll star opposite her as Heathcliff – we’ll keep you posted!