Rupert Penry-Jones will be playing Captain Wentworth in the upcoming TV adaptation of Persuasion, and I'm really looking forward to it.
I don't imagine Wentworth looking like this, myself - if anyone had asked me to cast the part (which, alas, they didnt!)I would have cast Hugh Jackman - but it will be interesting to see what Rupert makes of the part.
Wentworth is one of Austen's most complex heroes. Not only is he a man's man, being a ship's captain, but he's also deeply romantic. He never forgets Anne, even after eight years at sea, and he says to her, 'You pierce my soul' - surely one of the most romantic lines in literature.
Who would you have cast as Wentworth?