Kate Beckinsale is to reunite with her The Last Days of Disco co-star Chloë Sevigny and director Whit Stillman for Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan which begins filming in Ireland this month and also stars Stephen Fry.

Deadline.com reports that the film follows Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), a beautiful widow who visits her in-laws under a cloud of controversy and decides to find a new husband while there.

Sevigny will play Lady Susan's friend Alicia, with Fry playing Alicia's husband, Mr Johnson. 

The cast also includes Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Tom Bennett and Justin Edwards.

To watch Stephen Fry's interview on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne, visit: www.rte.ie/player.