Anna Karenina (2012)

Genre: drama. Novel written by Leo Tolstoy

Director: Joe Wright (also directed Pride & Prejudice)

Adaptation by: playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love)

Producers: Working Title Films

Synopsis: Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna, looks for a better life, but finds only a more complicated one. (IMDb)\

The story takes place in late 19th century Russia, and explores various relationships between members of Russian high-society.

The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.

Matthew Macfadyen Role: Prince Stepan Arkadyevitch Oblonsky ("Stiva") – a civil servant and Anna's brother.

Other Cast Members:

  • Keira Knightley: Anna Karenina
  • Jude Law: Aleksei Karenin (Anna's older husband)
  • Aaron Johnson: Count Vronsky (Anna's lover)
  • Alicia Vikander: Kitty (Dolly's younger sister and later Levin's wife)
  • Kelly Macdonald: Dolly (Oblonsky's wife)
  • Domhnall Gleeson: Levin (Kitty's suiter and later husband. Friend of Oblonsky)
  • Andrea Riseborough: Princess Betsy (Anna's wealthy, morally loose society friend and Vronsky's cousin)
  • Olivia Williams: Countess Vronsky (Vronsky's mother)

Status: began filming September 2011 in the UK and Russia. Focus Features will distribute the movie in the US, and Universal Pictures International internationally, in the second half of 2012.

Tentative Release Dates:

UK7 September 2012
Sweden7 September 2012
Netherlands27 September 2012
Belgium3 October 2012
Norway5 October 2012
Germany25 October 2012
Austria26 October 2012


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Trivia: Matthew Macfadyen teamed with Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright previously in Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Matthew Macfadyen bits from the Anna Karenina featurette: