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New Looks At Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson & Jude Law In Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 23, 2012 10:45 AM
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Don't expect the usual costume drama routine from Joe Wright's experimental take on "Anna Karenina." Yes, it has been adapted for the big screen before, but if early word on this project is any indication, it's going to be unlike anything we've seen before.

Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson, Wright made the audacious decision to shoot the film nearly entirely on a single stage, in a take that has been described as being set in an "elastic universe" that will include toy trains and dollhouses standing in for exterior locations. Focus Features has dropped a handful of new images from the film, and if anything, this will certainly look gorgeous. But that's not too much of a shock really, considering Wright is one of the best (if somewhat underrated) visual filmmakers working right now.

The film is currently pegged for a September 7th release date in the U.K., though no U.S. date has yet been penciled in (but we'd guess it'll probably be right around the same time). We're more curious than ever what Wright has in store. More pics below.

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  • tadeu | February 27, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    Oogle monster, what YOU? or how much is joe wright paying you to say so many bs's?

  • Oogle monster | February 28, 2012 8:34 PM

    Say whaa? Alright, I won't pick apart your... err, English because the Playlist welcomes all men, women, infants, and Ryan Goslings from around the world but if you MUST know, Joe Wright currently pays me nothing to speak highly of him. I happen to like the man and think he's a damn good director- I know, CRAZY!

  • georgina | February 25, 2012 2:51 AMReply

    I adore Joe Wright for palpable atmosphere in his films. If he brings even a tiny part of it in Anna Karenina, his version will be successful. Judging by the shots the director feels the period of time.

  • Steven Gabriel | February 23, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    This guy IS NOT an auteur and NOT one of the most visionary directors working today! Whoever wrote this article is a tired fool, praising the director with false hype that he has not earned. To the author, you are an idiot.

  • David | February 23, 2012 10:14 PM

    Nobody called him an auteur or a visionary...

  • f | February 23, 2012 8:17 PM

    LOL sorry but yes he is.

  • Oogle monster | February 23, 2012 2:50 PM

    Steven put a cork in it. Joe Wright is one of the best directors working today. He did a fantastic job with Atonement and Hanna. What have YOU done?

  • Huffy | February 23, 2012 12:55 PM

    Calling someone an idiot because they like a filmmaker that you don't just proves that you're a hypersensitive twit. I think Wright is overrated but Christ, calm the hell down and argue with Kevin like a rational adult.

  • Knative | February 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    What if the author really liked the visual style of this director? Who are you to say that the author should feel that way or express their opinion about Joe Wright? Why don't you start a blog and then you can shit on all the directors you feel are unworthy of the "hype?" I'd rather be an idiot than a dick.

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