Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” gets a big screen adaptation with a twist


It has been confirmed that Sarah Waters‘ Dickensian novel, Fingersmith, will be adapted into a feature film by South Korean director Chan-wook Park.

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The beloved novel, which has previously been adapted to a mini-series starring Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton and Elaine Cassidy in 2005 by the BBC, centers on orphan Sue Trinder who is enlisted in a plot to seduce and defraud a naïve gentle woman, Maud Lilly, in order to cheat her out of her inheritance. Sue agrees to the plan in order to repay her adopted family for their care and kindness but soon finds that she has feelings for her young mark in unexpected ways.


Park is best known for Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, as well as Old Boy and Sympathy for Mr. Revenge. Yet, he is no stranger to tales of illicit lesbian affairs—Park wrote Bizarre Love Triangle, a story about a selfish and superficial woman Eun-hee, who is loved by both her husband and her childhood best friend Keum-Sook. When Eun-hee’s husband discovers that she is having a romantic affair with Keum Sook, the three enter into a twisted love-triangle fraught with betrayal and revenge.


Perhaps because Stoker was met with lukewarm reviews after a battle with Fox Searchlight over cutting out 20 minutes from the original director’s cut, Park is returning home to produce his next project. His version of Fingersmith, which will take place in Korea while under Japanese rule, will be called Agashi which means “young lady.” An English title has not been finalized.

Casting for Agashi will take place this month with production starting early next year.

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