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by Nigel M Smith
June 20, 2012 3:15 PM
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Watch: Stunning Trailer for Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina' Starring Keira Knightley (Video)

Joe Wright is nothing if not a visual master. Even if you're not a fan of some of his output ("Pride & Prejudice," "Atonement," "The Soloist" and "Hanna"), there's no denying his remarkable flair for the cinematic. If the just-released trailer for his anticipated take on "Anna Karenina" is any indication, his latest looks to be his most visually breathtaking effort yet.

Despite Wright's risky choice to keep this adaptation, written by Tom Stoppard, stagebound for the most part (the trailer seems to indicate that the massive stage opens up onto real-life locations), his "Anna Karenina" looks ambitious in scope, with gorgeous set and costume design to boot.

Indiewire sat down with Wright prior to "Hanna" hitting theaters in April 2011. The director talked about his "Anna Karenina" project, which he was in the midst of shooting at the time. "With 'Anna Karenina,' the idea of a challenge to take on such an extraordinary work of fiction is really exciting," he said. "Tolstoy's analysis of motivation and character is so extraordinary, it’s so acute. I also said I’d do it if Tom Stoppard wrote the script, and he said yes. For me, every film is an education. To sit at the feet of the master and learn from him is an amazing opportunity for me. I also really wanted to work with Keira [Knightley] again -- and in fact, a whole company of British actors. I was really enjoying the idea of doing a film that’s more about the actors than 'Hanna,' which was about the action."

The film opens in the U.K., Ireland and Spain September 7 before hitting select U.S. cinemas November 9 via Focus Features.
 

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6 Comments

  • Kathy | June 21, 2012 3:30 PMReply

    oops, Director Joe was in the midst of still casting and prepping in April 2011 but he actually shot it in October/Nov/Dec. 2011.

  • jean vigo | June 21, 2012 2:26 AMReply

    Stoppard wrote the script. That bodes very well.

  • BS | June 20, 2012 5:57 PMReply

    wish it wasn't Kiera Knightly - she is consistently fake

  • moviegoer | June 21, 2012 3:28 PM

    as long as she doesn't play "Elizabeth Swann" she has a chance at doing well. ;-)

  • gadflyonthewall | June 20, 2012 5:25 PMReply

    Anna was based on Pushkin's tragic daughter.

  • Radu | June 20, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    Wow, just... wow! It looks stunning, I can't wait for it. Joe Wright is the perfect director for this!