A movie we first crossed our fingers for at Cannes, and then hoped would pop up on the fall festival circuit, Thomas Vinterberg‘s adaptation of Thomas Hardy‘s classic “Far From The Madding Crowd” wasn’t seen in Venice, Telluride, Toronto, or anywhere else in 2014. It’s a bit curious considering the filmmaker has rounded up a great cast for this period drama, his followup to the acclaimed “The Hunt.” Whatever the reason it side-stepped those glamorous events, the first trailer is here, and the film certainly looks beautiful.
Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple star in this tale centering on the fetching Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan) who is courted by three men: Gabriel Oak (Schoenaerts), a shepherd; Sergeant Troy (Sturridge), a handsome soldier; and William Boldwood (Sheen), a farm owner. Tragedy looms in the distance and their lives and desires clash and collide.
“Far From The Madding Crowd” opens on May 1, 2015. Watch below.