First Look: Keira Knightley, Jude Law wow in ‘Anna Karenina’


Keira Knightley plays the titular character in ‘Anna Karenina’ while Jude Law plays her husband in the film. Hollywood actor Aaron Johnson will portray her young lover Count Vronsky in the epic romance. Opening with a dramatic music, the film’s plot becomes rather evident soon enough. The story, set in 19th century Russia, follows a woman in a loveless marriage who seeks love elsewhere only to complicate her life. The passion, energy and romance is palpable sprinkled with insinuations of jealousy and self-righteousness. Director Joe Wright has previously worked with Knightley on ‘Atonement’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and also directed ‘The Soloist’ and ‘Hanna’. Renowned playwright Tom Stoppard, will adapt the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy for the screen. Saoirse Ronan (‘The Lovely Bones’, ‘Hanna’), Matthew Macfadyen (‘Pride and Prejudice’), Oscar nominee Emily Watson, and Andrea Riseborough (‘Made in Dagenham’), Kelly Macdonald (‘Brave’) also co-star in the film. ‘Anna Karenina’ has two other film adaptations, one starred Greta Garbo in 1935 and the other saw Sophie Marceau as the lead in 1997. Anna Karenina will be released in the second half of 2012.