Screen Junkies » Anna Karenina http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:40:38 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Joe Wright Casting Everyone You Would Expect Him To In ‘Anna Karenina’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-wright-casting-everyone-you-would-expect-him-to-in-anna-karenina/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-wright-casting-everyone-you-would-expect-him-to-in-anna-karenina/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:33:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205856 It's a who's who of whoever has worked with Joe Wright before.

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Joe Wright is getting all literary on our asses with his upcoming Anna Karenina adaptation, and he’s hired or is hoping to hire all of the actors you’d expect him to for a literary adaptation. Last we heard, Keira Knightley was his top pick, with Jude Law and Aaron Johnson also up for parts. They are all in with the addition of a few others.

“Keira’s confirmed, Jude Law’s confirmed, Aaron Johnson’s confirmed, Kelly Macdonald’s confirmed, Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed. I’m still waiting on Saoirse and James,” Wright told The Playlist.

Of course, Saoirse and James refers to Seahorse Rainman Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy. The Wright alums are up for unspecified roles, but it has been revealed that Keira Knightley will play the title role, Jude Law will chill as her drip of a husband, and Aaron Johnson will play the young soldier who she allows to crawl on top of her while naked. When the book was first released, their affair was deemed very illicit by Russian society. So let’s assume things will get pretty kinky. We’re talking Dirty Sanchezes, Glass Bottom Boats, and the potentially-fatal “Cumberbatch.”

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Aaron Johnson To Kick Tolstoy And Oliver Stone’s Asses? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aaron-johnson-to-kick-tolstoy-and-oliver-stones-asses/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aaron-johnson-to-kick-tolstoy-and-oliver-stones-asses/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 01:48:38 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202365 Oliver Stone wants Johnson to play a pothead, and he might also star opposite Keira Knightley. Good life.

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Remember the kid from Kickass? No, not the little girl, though she was pretty holy-shit awesome. I’m actually referring to Kickass himself, Aaron Johnson. He’s been getting a lot of offers since he posted that page on MySpace about how he’ll come to the set of your movie and star in it. Here are the takers:

Oliver Stone wants Johnson to play one of the two leads in the drama Savages, about two pot growers whose sexy communal girlfriend (nice?) gets kidnapped by Mexican mobsters. The drug cartel wants the dudes to work for them, or the girl goes… up in smoke. “Muahaha.” Stone is directing, Shane Salerno (Armageddon) and novel author Don Winslow wrote the script, and they’re looking to shoot this June.

Meanwhile, Keira Knightley beckons Johnson, just like she does for me in my dreams. Johnson’s been offered the lead opposite Knightley in Anna Karenina, writer Tom Stoppard‘s adaptation of the Tolstoy classic novel I might have read in a literature class at some point. The film will be directed by Joe Wright (Atonement). One of the best modern writers adapting a novel considered to be one of the best of all time? Hmm… pass. (Deadline)

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Joe Wright To Edge In On CliffsNotes Business By Adapting ‘Anna Karenina’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-wright-to-edge-in-on-cliffsnotes-business-by-adapting-anna-karenina/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-wright-to-edge-in-on-cliffsnotes-business-by-adapting-anna-karenina/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:03:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30994 Joe Wright wants to follow up the action-packed 'Hanna' with another slow and plodding period piece. He does know that Keira Knightley is capable of playing modern day characters too, right?

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Joe Wright’s ass-kicking Hanna is headed to theaters next month, so he’s looking to line up his next film. How does one follow up a tense and moody action flick? By returning to slow, plodding period pieces, of course. Dammit.

Wright’s hoping to get Anna Karenina up and running with go-to Oscar baiter, Tom Stoppard, whittling down the narrative. “You can [make a 2 hour movie] if you’ve got Tom Stoppard writing. He’s done an amazing script which involves Levin’s story as well as Anna’s story. Yeah, Tom Stoppard is just..also, he’s so immersed in Russian history and culture and identity or lack of it.”

He doesn’t come out right out and say it but he implies that Keira Knightley is his top choice to star. “Not sure yet. It’s fairly obvious, but I can’t quite say. She hasn’t signed on the line yet. I’m loyal to my actors.”

I appreciate any director who doesn’t string us along with endless casting shortlists. However, should Knightley not sign on, I’m fully prepared to Photoshop a picture of Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan, and Mia Wasikowska all leg-wrestling for the role. Actually I may just go ahead and do that anyway for my own usage. (via The Playlist)

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