Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Series about Emily Dickinson

On Monday, Apple released the first trailer for its original series about the life of famous poet Emily Dickinson. The coming-of-age story set in 19th-century America starring Hailee Steinfeld “will explore the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of the young poet.”

“I have one purpose,” Steinfeld says in the new trailer, “and that is to become a great writer.”

 

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Apple’s series reimagines Dickinson as a rebellious, party-girl type with aspirations of literary fame and fortune. The trailer takes a light-hearted tone that’s much different from the kind of atmosphere much of Dickinson’s poems create. Seeing her dance and strut across the screen, one struggles to imagine Steinfeld’s character penning the lines “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – “ in the same way Dickinson did. It seems the creator of Dickinson might be taking a lot of creative liberties in portraying a poet known for her tendency to isolate herself from the world.

 

 

Still, this fresh take on one of America’s greatest poets is exciting! Jane Krakowski, famous for her comedic performance as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock, joins the cast alongside Steinfeld in this modernized take on Dickinson’s life.

 

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Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe round out the cast. With such a solid lineup, Dickinson has the potential to be really great!

The show was created, produced, and written by Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom), so Dickinson fans will have to see just what she has in store! Filming concluded in March, and the new series will likely debut later this year on Apple’s new video subscription service.

 

Alena Smith, creator of Dickinson; Image Via ImDb

 

Are you excited about this modern take on a 19th-century favorite? Let us know on Instagram and Facebook after you check out the trailer!

 

 

 

 

Featured images via IMDb and the Emily Dickinson Museum