Carrie Brownstein Takes Up Nora Ephron’s ‘Lost in Austen’ Script

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.06.14 in News

Carrie Brownstein is stepping into some mighty impressive shoes. The Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag guitarist, who’s perhaps even better known these days as the co-star in Portlandia, is finishing an incomplete script left by the late romantic-comedy royal Nora Ephron. The revered screenwriter and essayist behind such films as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally had been adapting the British TV miniseries Lost in Austen.

The miniseries is about a present-day London woman who winds up transported into the 19th-century world of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brownstein’s main character will be from contemporary Brooklyn — a natural fit that should offer the indie-rock icon plenty more opportunities for satire. The film is being produced by Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar for directing American Beauty.

Brownstein has recently been shooting season five of Portlandia (here’s a photo of her partner-in-PDX Fred Armisen on the set). As THR notes, she’s also appearing in Transparent, an Amazon series from Six Feet Under writer and executive producer Jill Soloway, plus I’m Not There director Todd Haynes’ film Carol, with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The dream of the ’90s is — well, actually, that sounds like a dreamy situation for just about any writer and actor.