Shocker. A new, expensive-looking period drama, and it stars Keira Knightley. This woman may be the most stereotyped actor since Sylvester Stallone strapped on his Rambo ammo. Or Jim Varney played that Ernest character every seven months or so.
This is the third collaborative book adaptation between Knightley and director Joe Wright, who raised eyebrows with his extensive action-thriller skills in last year’s Hanna. In 2005, Knightley earned an Oscar nomination as Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice, Wright’s first feature-length film. The pair reunited two years later for Atonement, which grabbed seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (but not Best Director for Wright, surprising considering that famed, impressive-but-annoyingly-long tracking shot). Now, Focus Features is focusing on Oscar again for Knightley and Wright, with a November release for the latest adaptation of Anna Karenina, the 17th screen version of the Tolstoy novel (give or take a few), dating back to 1910. Here’s the just-released movie poster for the 2012 version of Anna Karenina. Click on the poster for the large version.
Lobby Fact: Keira Knightley appeared in Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, but her credit is spelled “Kiera”. Hmm. And speaking of period adaptations, Knightley also starred in the 6-hour 2002 British TV version of Doctor Zhivago. Hmm, she’s no Julie Christie…
Anna Karenina opens in UK theaters on September 7 and hits US screens on November 9.