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'Far from the Madding Crowd' To Open from Fox Searchlight Next May (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2014 at 3:44PM

Matthias Schoenaerts takes on the farmer role once played by Bates, Michael Sheen is the more mature gentleman who proposes marriage (Finch), and Tom Sturridge is the rakish sergeant (Stamp). Fox Searchlight is dating the period romance for May 1, 2015, ahead of next year's Cannes, so we'll have to wait for a while. I wonder if they'll take it to Toronto, New York or London first.
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'Far From the Madding Crowd'
'Far From the Madding Crowd'
'Far From The Madding Crowd'
'Far From The Madding Crowd'

Fond as I am of the 1967 John Schlesinger adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," which stars Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the three men who love headstrong "adventuress" Bathsheba Everdeen (Julie Christie)--the movie is far better than the hilarious trailer below--I am eager to see the new one from writer David Nicholls ("Starter for Ten") and director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt"), starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba. 

Matthias Schoenaerts takes on the farmer role once played by Bates, Michael Sheen is the more mature gentleman who proposes marriage (Finch), and Tom Sturridge is the rakish sergeant (Stamp). 

'Far From the Madding Crowd'
'Far From the Madding Crowd'

I figured the movie would play Cannes May 2014, as it should be finished. Fox Searchlight is dating the period romance for May 1, 2015, so it looks like Vinterberg will take more time with this and skip this year's awards corridor. So we'll have to wait for a while. 

I talked to Vinterberg about this film as well as Oscar nominee "The Hunt." 

The film is produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich.


This article is related to: T. Vinterberg, Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt , Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge


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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.