The trailer for Joe Wright’s likely Oscar contender “Anna Karenina” has landed, and it looks like Wright’s intriguing decision to give the film a sumptuous stage setting is delivering in spades. Watch below as the characters (with Keira Knightley in the title role) waltz between gilded, illuminated amphitheatres and (what appear to be) actual locations.
Wright is no stranger to ballsy visual choices. Remember the single battlefield shot in “Atonement”? While his aesthetic choices don’t always work and sometimes overshadow the meat of a film (Manohla Dargis aptly wrote in her 2011 review of “Hanna” that Wright “likes to toss the camera around like a coked-up cheerleader or a director who wants you to remember that it’s all about him”), the gorgeous but transparently fabricated reality of “Anna” looks like it could be a dazzling home-run. Fingers crossed.
Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly MacDonald, Olivia Williams and Michelle Dockery all join Knightley in the Tolstoy classic, adapted by Tom Stoppard. The film releases stateside via Focus Features on November 3, with an earlier release date of September 7 for the UK, Ireland and Spain.