By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 31, 2013 at 11:48AM
UPDATE: First images have arrived for Thomas Vinterberg's ("The Hunt") adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Shoenaerts, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. Take a look, below.
EARLIER: It was inevitable that someone would remake the 1967 John Schlesinger classic "Far from the Madding Crowd," which memorably starred Julie Christie, Terrence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has started production in the UK on Thomas Vinterberg’s "Far from the Madding Crowd," a Thomas Hardy adaptation starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple. The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of “One Day” and “Starter for Ten.”
Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
Joining Vinterberg (FESTEN, THE HUNT) on the film are director of photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen, who collaborated with him on THE HUNT and SUBMARINO, production designer Kave Quinn (TRAINSPOTTING, THE WOMAN IN BLACK), BAFTA Award winner and four times Academy Award nominated costume designer Janet Patterson (THE PIANO, BRIGHT STAR), BAFTA award winner hair and make-up designer Sian Grigg (EX MACHINA, NEVER LET ME GO), and Academy Award winning editor Claire Simpson (THE CONSTANT GARDENER, PLATOON).