Anna Karenina Begins Production

Working Title Films has commenced production on Joe Wright’s epic love story “Anna Karenina”, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Oscar winner Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”)

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 (Keira Knightley) questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community. Jude Law stars as Anna’s husband Aleksei Karenin; and Aaron Johnson as Count Vronsky.

Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson also star.

Also onboard are Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli, costume designer Jacqueline Durran, production designer Sarah Greenwood, director of photography Seamus McGarvey, editor Melanie Ann Oliver and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

This marks Wright’s fourth film for Working Title following “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement,” and “The Soloist”. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster will produce.

The film will shoot in the U.K. and Russia. Focus Features will distribute the movie domestically, Universal Pictures International (UPI) will handle it internationally.