Character Study: Brontë

Jordi Mand’s new play Brontë: The World Without (Playwrights Canada Press) is the character study we’ve been waiting for: the fascinating story of Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne unfolds in the isolated world in which they lived and wrote. And it’s full of rivalry and jealousy⁠—this one’s a drama ripe for the silver screen. Below we teamed up with publisher Playwrights Canada Press to dream up and all-Black cast to star in a Kasi Lemmons’ adaptation. 


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Our Character Study column takes the CanLit books you love and re-imagines them as Hollywood moviesHere’s what we dreamed up with Playwrights Canada Press!A striking new drama from the director of Harriet and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, Kasi LemmonsBrontë: The World Without is full of passion. The strong bonds between the sisters are supplemented by the drive all of them have to be successful writers – they’ll do anything to support their family while fighting for their work to be taken seriously. Similar to Greta Gerwig’s Little WomenBrontë shows how the struggles women faced in the 1800s are similar to those today.


Gugu Mbatha-Raw as CHARLOTTE 

Tessa Thompson as EMILY

Antonia Thomas as ANNE


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 Thanks to Jessica at Playwrights Canada Press for playing casting director for this edition of Character Study. For more in-depth examinations of your favourite protagonists, click here.Brontë: The World Without is available for purchase July 6 on All Lit Up. Click here to get a reminder.