Joe Wright‘s adaptation of Anna Karenina is coming, and I’m sure you’re all interested to find out more details about this project. So are we, and today, we’re here for a little update. Or, maybe, just a rumor, but you must admit that it sounds great.
Apparently, Saoirse Ronan, star of Wright’s upcoming Hanna may be joining the cast that already includes Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law.
Ok, the director declined to confirm the whole thing at the moment but ThompsonOnHollywood, caught up with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (the producers of the project), listed Ronan as a possibility as well.
But let me remind you what Wright recently had to say about lovely Ronan:
“I do believe in Saoirse very much. I think she can do anything she sets her mind to, terrifyingly. I was reading a Russian book recently, and I think it was Gogol who contended that belief is a talent, so the reason why the Russians have such extraordinary faith is that they have a massive talent for belief. Well, perhaps the Irish share that talent as Saoirse certainly has an extraordinary talent for it, plus an incredible imagination.”
So, as you see, it looks that her involvement in the upcoming Anna Karenina would likely depend on what her schedule is like for The Hobbit.
Last month we had a little chat about this project, so you already know what director Wright revealed about the whole thing:
“I’m hoping to do ‘Anna Karenina’ in the Autumn and I’m reading about St. Petersburg society in the 18th century… You can make a 2 hour movie if you’ve got Tom Stoppard writing. He’s done an amazing script which involves Levin’s story as well as Anna’s story. Yeah, Tom Stoppard is just…also, he’s so immersed in Russian history and culture and identity or lack of it.”
Let us also remind you once again that Keira Knightley will take on the lead role, Jude Law will play her husband Karenin and Aaron Johnson will be her lover Vronsky.
Stay tuned for more updates on this new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.