Wright will direct these actors in Tom Stoppard's scripted-adaptation of Tolstoy's magnum opus. Stoppard previously won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work on Shakespeare in Love. Working Title Films will begin filming this potentially masterful collaboration in the UK and Russia this month.
Working Title is also assembling another 19th century drama, William Nicholson's screen adaptation of Cameron Macintosh's long-running musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's post-French Revolution epic, Les Miserables, set for December 12, 2012 Universal release. Oscar-winning Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) was chasing Hugh Jackman (resilient Jean Valjean) and Paul Bettany (Inspector Javert) at one time. Now Broadway.com reports that actor/musician Russell Crowe is in talks to join Jackman as Javert, and Helena Bonham Carter may also join the project as the wife of Thenardier.
Here's TOH's slate interview with Working Title's Eric Fellner.