Love and Friendship trailer, starring Kate Beckinsale |


Kate Beckinsale means business in first Love & Friendship trailer

Kate Beckinsale is cracking down on her fellow actors in the first full trailer for Oscar nominee Whit Stillman’s Sundance costume comedy, Love & Friendship.

The clip, released Wednesday, introduces Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon, a widow who retreats to her in-laws’ estate as a means to escape circulating rumors about her social life. While there, she attempts to find a suitable partner for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and herself. The film, adapted from Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, features a supporting cast that includes Chloë Sevigny as Alicia Johnson, Xavier Samuel as Reginald DeCourcy, and Stephen Fry as Mr. Johnson.

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Love & Friendship marked another film acquisition by Amazon Studios last year, ahead of the distributor’s purchase of Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea for a reported $10 million at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Amazon will partner with Roadside Attractions to release both films later this year, with Love & Friendship opening the 59th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival on April 21 ahead of its May 13 theatrical bow, while Manchester by the Sea will open on Nov. 18.

Watch the full trailer for Love & Friendship above.