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Keri Russell returns with a comedy at Sundance

Filmmaker’s new movie is based on a Shannon Hale novel


Six years ago Keri Russell came to Sundance with a small undistributed movie about a pie-baking hobbyist working in a small-town diner. The dramedy, “Waitress,” went on to become one of the crowd-pleasers of the festival and garnered more than $19 million upon its theatrical release.

Russell is back in Park City this year with another film of light whimsy, “Austenland,” a romantic comedy in modern-day England based on Shannon Hale’s novel.

“The idea is kind of hilarious: There are these lonely ladies who pay all this money to go and live like that, and the end is a big dance where all the women are paired up with Mr Darcy,”

Russell, who’s set to take a short break from shooting her Cold War-era cable series “The Americans” to appear at the premiere screening, said in an interview with The Times. “It’s delicious and a little lewd-y,” she laughed.

She was pregnant with her second child when she was shooting “Austenland.”

“It was interesting to frolic in the English countryside while pregnant but trying not to be,” she said. “The waists kept getting higher on my outfits. But it’s a movie with a lot of corsets and Victorian fashions so it all kind of worked out.”

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