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Anna Karenina Update: Joe Wright Casts Knightley, Law, MacFadyen, Macdonald, Ronan, Johnson

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2011 at 5:16AM

The impressive cast of Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (adapted by Tom Stoppard) is as follows: Keira Knightley (Anna), Jude Law (her husband, Karenin), Matthew MacFadyen (Oblonsky), Kelly Macdonald (his wife, Dolly), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronskaya, Vronsky's mother), Saoirse Ronan (Kitty, Dolly's sister), Aaron Johnson (Anna's lover, Vronsky), Andrea Riseborough (Princess Betsy) and Domhnall Gleeson (Levin).
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The impressive cast of Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (adapted by Tom Stoppard) is as follows: Keira Knightley (Anna), Jude Law (her husband, Karenin), Matthew MacFadyen (Oblonsky), Kelly Macdonald (his wife, Dolly), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronskaya, Vronsky's mother), Saoirse Ronan (Kitty, Dolly's sister), Aaron Johnson (Anna's lover, Vronsky), Andrea Riseborough (Princess Betsy) and Domhnall Gleeson (Levin).

The Working Title film will kick off production this September in the UK and Russia. Wright is currently seeking siblings to play the many children in the film.

[Hat Tip: Daily Mail]

Working Title co-chief Tim Bevan says the story, about a woman who has an affair with a younger man while trapped in her dull marriage, has remained a classic "because people relate to it; it has "incredible relevance today."

Here's more on Working Title's slate of projects in our interview with WT co-head Eric Fellner.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, In Production, Drama, Classics, Keira Knightley


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.