Ever since the 2007 release of “Atonement,” we’ve been dying to see Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright work together again. The two have teamed up on both that film and “Pride & Prejudice,” but it’s their next project that looks like it will really take their partnership to the next level.
As part of our Fall Movie Preview Week, we can present to you an exclusive new look at Knightley and Wright’s adaptation of “Anna Karenina.” Considering the way in which Leo Tolstoy’s eponymous novel plays out, we doubt main characters Anna Karenina (Knightley) and Vronsky (Aaron Johnson) will look this happy for much longer. So enjoy those smiles while you can, fans of Knightey and Wright, because the story is likely to get much more somber soon after this.
What’s most interesting about this image is the fact that it takes place outside of the “theatrical” setting that most of Wright’s film takes place in. Wright shot the majority of the film on location in a dilapidated theater, which explains why the trailer kept returning to that setting. Wright described this connection in a recent featurette as being a metaphor of the way “the Russian aristocracy of the 19th century could be described as living on a stage.”
Based on Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, “Anna Karenina” follows the title character through her love affair with an army officer, all set against the backdrop of 19th century Russia. Knightley plays Anna, Jude Law portrays her husband Alexei Karenin and Johnson her lover Vronsky. “Anna Karenina” is due in US theaters on November 16.
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