Joe Wright first gained recognition in Hollywood by doing period dramas starring Keira Knightley. After stepping out of that genre for 2009’s The Soloist and this year’s Hanna, he is set to return to what brought him to the party. This time he has Knightlyy cast as the lead in an adaptation of the Russian classic “Anna Karenina”. Written by Leo Tolstoy, “Anna Karenina” tells the story of a woman in a loveless marriage who bucks societal expectations by starting an affair with a military man.
Despite Anna’s transgressions, her husband refuses a divorce, things get even more dramatic from there, and the town folk are scandalized. Forbidden love, societal pressure, and scandal rocking a small social circle… Yeah, it sounds like Anna Karenina is going to fit right in alongside Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. It’s one of the Russian novels I haven’t read, but Fyodor Dostoevsky once called it “flawless as a work of art” and William Faulkner described it as “the best ever written”, so you know it’s got to be pretty laborious to read. Will Wright be able to make it palatable for mainstream audiences like he did Jane Austen? Or is it just female bookworms who are able to keep these movies afloat at the box office?
Regardless, the latest news about the project is that Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are in talks to sign on to the film. Johnson you probably know as being Kick-Ass and Law you probably know as being a total dreamboat. There is yet to be word on which of the novel’s characters Johnson and Law would be playing, but I’m sure this is only the beginning of the casting news that will be coming down the line for this one. When costumes and classic literature show up on the scene, Oscar hungry actors tend to work themselves into a bit of a feeding frenzy trying to get a piece of the pie.