Fri
Sep 9 2011 8:59am

Trainspotting: Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina

Perhaps in an attempt to play every iconic female in classic literature (she’s already been Lara from Doctor Zhivago, Elizabeth Bennet, and Tinker Bell, not to mention Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Guinevere), Keira Knightley has signed on to play the titular character in Anna Karenina.

The film will be directed by Joe Wright, who also directed Knightley in Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.

Jude Law will play her husband Aleksei Karenin, and Aaron Johnson will play Count Vronsky.

Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Emily Watson,  and Ruth Wilson are also signed on for the film.

The book is a hard one to film (see: similar discussion of Wuthering Heights) because Anna’s decisions and choices seem so...wrong.

Greta Garbo tackled the part back in 1935, and there have been other adaptations since then, but not one that has truly captured the essence of the book.

Do you like seeing Knightley in period costume? Will you go to see this film with (it’s not a spoiler, everyone knows!) an unhappy ending?

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9 comments
Anna Bowling
1. AnnaBowling
This film has been completely saturated with Anna-bait, so yes, I will be there. Keira Knightley, Jude Law, period film, and the story itself...sometimes a good tragedy can be exactly what's needed.

Pause for squealing like a cartoon schoolgirl and executing a Snoopy happy dance before returning to actual writing. This has day off to a good start.
Heather Waters (redline_)
2. redline_
I've liked Keira Knightley since Bend It Like Beckham and the first Pirates, so I'm always in.
Regina Thorne
3. reginathorn
Ugh! Joe Wright and Keira Knightley ruined "Atonement" for me and now they will ruin "Anna Karenina." Great! I really have no idea why they cast her in every period drama ever, especially since I find her a one-note actress at best, and considering what Wright did to "Pride and Prejudice" I am completely certain that he's going to miss the point of "Anna Karenina" entirely.

It's not meant to be a great romance, it's meant to be a story about a woman who is trapped in a series of increasingly bad choices, many of them forced upon her by dint of her circumstances. The one choice Anna makes for herself goes spectacularly and disastrously wrong, and Vronsky is a putz for not realizing that while it's all very well for him to keep a mistress, Anna will never be accepted back into the fold and moreover, she desperately misses her child. I expect none of this to come out in the film.

Oh, hey, look my comment is longer than your post :D I have strong feelings about this!
Keira Soleore
4. KeiraSoleore
I'm with @redline_ here. I have liked Keira Knightley since "Bend it Like Beckham" and I continue to like whatever she's been in. So I'll be seeing the movie.
Chelsea Mueller
5. ChelseaMueller
I'll be seeing it; I tend to like Keira Knightly best in period pieces.

On a side note -- she looks freaky skinny in that photo. Or is it just me?
Louise Partain
6. Louise321
While I like Keira Knightly, I agree that she has gotten way too skinny. Although the Duchess of Windsor said that a woman can't be too rich or too thin, look at the life that got her -- a near royal nursemaid to a henwitted Bertie. So I'm not of the opinion that thinner is better and I liked her looks better in Pirates 1 with a little meat on her bones.

My favorite reindition of Anna Karenina had Vivian Leigh and Sir Ralph Richardson. Beautifully filmed like all of the Alexander Korda movies. She always did make a beautiful tortured heroine. Can Keira do the same? I wonder.
Tara B
7. box5angel
I agree with @redline_ and @KeiraSoleore. Although, I haven't seen a few of her latest films though. Loved her in Pride & Prejudice.

I have Anna Karenina on my Kindle For PC. I started reading a little of it but didn't want to get into it yet because I have so much more that I want to read.
AMG
8. AMG
Excuse me, but has everyone just passed over the fact that Vronsky will be played by the boy who was in Kick-Ass??? Vronsky is a MAN in the book, not a 22 year old. Weird.
Mira Moskva
9. MiraMoskva
As a person who grew up reading Russian classics in the original, I cringe every time a new adaptation like this is announced. Because most of the time you Westerners butcher our classics. So no, I will not watch this movie.

P.S. Ok, that just made me sound like my Literature teacher from high school. But seriously, Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina? Kill me dead, as one of my English tutors used to say.
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