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FIRST LOOK: Three Images from Vinterberg's 'Far from the Madding Crowd,' Starring Mulligan, Schoenaerts, and Sheen UPDATED

Photo of Anne Thompson 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.
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'Far From The Madding Crowd'
'Far From The Madding Crowd'

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).

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


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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.