Hey, Russian Lit majors and Oprah Book Club members! Anna Karenina, a really long book about love and death and Russia (those three typically go hand-in-hand), has been adapted into a brand-spanking-new Oscar-baiting film by Pride and Prejucide and Atonement director Joe Wright. True to form, Wright pulls his usual leading lady Keira Knightley back into his web (after giving her a break from starring in the miserable Hanna) and has cast her in the title role. Also on board is Jude Law with a creepy mustache!
Here’s the gushy trailer for the new adaptation:
Once again, Wright has turned out what appears to be a Chanel ad, full of heightened drama and needless camera angles and shots that only show off his technical abilities. I guess you have to make this story exciting somehow, huh? At least he didn’t follow in Baz Luhrmann’s footsteps and avoided any Jay-Z/Tolstoy mash-ups. But it will certainly be long. And sad, unless the idea of Keira Knightley throwing herself in front of a train excites you in some way. (Yes, for those of you who didn’t make it through the Cliff’s Notes, it has a very sad ending!)