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Joe Wright reteams with Keira Knightley for Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Anna Karenina!

Published at: Sept. 9, 2011, 8 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Prepare to make fun of me... ready? Here we go, I loved both Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. It's not so damning to say you loved Joe Wright's most recent flick, Hanna, but I loved that one, too, dammit!

Focus Features has announced Joe Wright will be going back to the period drama with Keira Knightley, this time with Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, adapted by the brilliant Tom Stoppard.

Knightley will be playing Anna with Jude Law as her husband, Aleksei Karenin, Aaron Johnson as Count Vronsky, Kelly Mcdonald (Boardwalk Empire) will be Dolly and Matthew Macfadyen will be Oblonsky. Domhnall Gleeson, Alice Vikander, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson round out the cast.

Also coming back are Wright's frequent collaborators Dario Marianelli (composer) and costume designer Jacqueline Durran.

So, that's the news. What do you folks think?

-Eric Vespe
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  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    BUTTOCKS

    by johnnyrandom

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    BOOBIES

    by ATARI

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for a costume drama

    by Ithrat Cordwallis

    where everyone gets hacked to death with an axe; come on, Joe Wright! As it was, I liked Atonement, except for Keira, who was annoying, and James McAvoy, who was a dweeb, so not sure what to make of this one yet...

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    everyone who worked on atonement now says

    by emeraldboy

    that Saoirse Ronan was not only the undoubted star of atonement but was the best thing about that film. she acted everyone else off the screen. and with Keira Knightley that is not a difficult thing to do.

  • He must be one of the most irritatingly loathsome actors in modern cinema. At least in Contagion he plays a total cunt so it's okay to hate him with a vengeance in that movie. Apart from that this could be okay. Wrights 2 out of 4 for me. Liked his first 2 - thought his last 2 were bags of shitty wank.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Knightley sucks ass. Scrawny bitch can't act for shit.

    by alienindisguise

    but I guess she considers acting to be looking into the distance with a fucked up under bite.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Never Let Me Go

    by UtopiaComplex

    I wasn't much of a Knightley fan before, but her acting is pretty damn strong in Never Let Me Go. Sure, Garfield and Mulligan steal it, but she's solid in it.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I thought the world was done with Knightly.

    by Jeffrey

    Uninteresting and bland.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Awful casting

    by Mumbo

    But none of you sad geek twats will have read the book, so you'll probably bitch because there's not enough bloodshed or superheroes. This along with Gatsby is the worst cast literary adaption of recent years. Why the fuck is Nick Carraway being played by Toby Maguire??? What the fuck is Kiera Knightley doing in a fucking Tolstoy adaption???????????

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Wright is one of the best directors working

    by master_of_realty

    I need to go pick up HANNA on the Blu.

  • Girl sure loves going highbrow.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Domino 2: Domino's Pizza

    by Spandau Belly

    I liked her in Never Let Me Go and The Jacket, both good movies and she was good in them. She's best at playing bratty. She should stick to less likeable supporting characters.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Saw 'Hanna' the other day. A bit flat. Sorry joe.

    by mistergreen

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to the train scene, then.

    by themikejonas

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    @psycho_rat_attack Fuck yourself. I minored in Russian Lit.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Agree that the casting is bizarre...Anna is a mature raven-haired goddess, think Sherilyn Fenn in her MILFy prime. And Karenin barely figures into the story. Law might be able to pull off his icy demeanor, but physically is a better fit for her boytoy Vronsky, if slightly de-aged. Levin and Kitty are far more important characters than Karenin. The actors in the BBC miniseries were a better fit, Levin was perfect, though Kitty wasn't jailbait-y enough: http://knightleyemma.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/anna-karenina-bbc-2000/

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Joe Wright is a fantastic director

    by Kammich

    I just wish he'd stop pigeon-holing himself with period dramas, but hey, if thats what the guy likes--more power to him. Who the fuck am I to tell the dude what to make? But even in spite of my inherent dislike for period dramas and romances, his direction still made me love "Atonement," and his recent flick "Hanna" kicked a baby's balls. So I'll probably actually end up catching this new film, as well.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Old news, dude.

    by Anklavepak

    Anna Karenina has been listed on IMDB for 4 or 5 months now as his next film.. with most of the people you mention attatched. It's still awesome though. Wright sense of visuals and emotion is impeccable!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by Jeff

    I saw "Atonement" and thought it was well filmed and acted. Liked it, definitely. But I loved "Hanna." Loooved it! A science fiction drama wrapped in all kinds of Jason Bourne ass-kicking wrapped in a fairy tale. Holy shit. I really wasn't prepared for how much I was going to dig the film. I also need to procure the Blu of it. I was hoping Joe Wright would continue his genre-friendly ascent into tasty science fiction, but oh well. He's got my attention, for sure, whatever he directs. Give us something good, Joe!

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Joe Wright...

    by Duchess

    ...was the reason Atonement & The Soloist, two slam dunk Oscar winners, ended up being mediocre films. His complete inability to capably handle a non-linear story (Atonement) and his decision to transform a great story of friendship (Soloist) into a social issue film are , in my opinion, sufficient evidence that this guy does not deserve to be considered in a conversation of 'best directors working today.' Both of those films had great casts, killer stories, and themes the Academy and general movie goers go crazy for. But both ended up as meh films.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Keira Knightly IS the sexiest tomboy adulteress in Russia

    by EntrailSoup