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‘Anna Karenina’ Previews Six Minutes of Keira Knightley

Anna Karenina
Focus Features

Though we’re not out of the summer season just yet – even if ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ is the last truly huge film of the summer – but that doesn’t mean that Oscar season isn’t right around the corner. And one of the big contenders this year is Joe Wright‘s ‘Anna Karenina,’ which stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson. Now there’s a six minute preview online.

Adapting the thousand-plus page Leo Tolstoy novel to the big screen seems like a Herculean challenge, but here Wright has a secret weapon in his scenarist. It’s Tom Stoppard, one of the greatest working playwrights and a genius (who may or may not have had a hand in sculpting some of ‘Revenge of the Sith’s dialogue, but we won’t hold that against him).

We’re interested in the project, partly because Wright took a break from making prestige pictures with last year’s ‘Hanna,’ which was a solid action movie, and a nice about-face. Perhaps Wright had to shake out some cobwebs after the failing of ‘The Soloist,’ which had Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx in one of the most shameless awards-bait films of all time. ‘Anna Karenina’ opens November 9, and after this preview we’re excited.

 

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