By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2014 at 3:44PM
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).
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.