On September 7, Kiera Knightley will join the likes of Greta Garbo, Vivian Leigh, Jacqueline Bisset and Helen McCrory in playing the title character of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The novel tells the tale of a socialite’s extramarital affair and the repercussions in her aristocratic circle. It has has been adapted to film, stage, television, opera, ballet and even radio.
Earlier this week, the new film version which pairs director Joe Wright with Knightley for the third time (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) came out with this new poster and trailer:
Along with Knightley, actors Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald and Matthew Macfadyen will star in the film written by Tom Stoppard.
Hypable called the poster ‘oddly glitzy,’ ‘off putting’ and ‘Baz Luhrmann-esque.’ While I have to agree that the poster reminds me a lot of Moulin Rouge and this Christmas’s The Great Gatsby, I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing. Tolstoy’s novel, while a classic, does have a reputation for being on the lengthy and droning side. Maybe some epicness and glitz is necessary to get people with preconceptions about the story into the theater.
What do you think of the style? Leave your thoughts in the comments!