Focus Features released the trailer for Anna Karenina last week. The movie hits theaters Nov. 9, 2012 and stars Keira Knightly as the aristocrat who enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson) in late 19th century Russian high society.
The poster promises that it’ll be “an epic story of love,” and it certainly looks that way based on the trailer, as well as frigid in a “cold winter” sort of way. Very Doctor Zhivago.
I’m sure I must have read the book by Leo Tolstoy somewhere in my education, but should I delve into it again before the movie drops? Tolstoy can be tough to wade through, and I don’t remember ever reaching the end of War & Peace.
Other players in the movie: Kelly Macdonald (Dolly), Jude Law (Alexei Karenin), Matthew Macfadyen (Oblonsky), Michelle Dockery (Princess Myagkaya), Emily Watson (Countess Lydia), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronskaya), and Holliday Grainger ( The Baroness).
Keira Knightley is pretty much the go-to girl when it comes to period costume dramas, and she’s worked with director Joe Wright on [amazon_link id=”B004ZJZQ5G” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pride & Prejudice[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”B002VWNIA4″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Atonement[/amazon_link]. Tom Stoppard, who wrote the screenplays for Shakespeare in Love and Billy Bathgate, is penning the adaptation.
Have you guys read Anna Karenina? Think the movie will do the book justice? Should I read it again?