Keira Knightley is the top contender to star in the latest film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” for Working Title reports The Daily Mail.
Considered the “greatest novel ever written” in various polls over the years, the eight-part novel deals with a 19th century Russian woman trapped in a loveless marriage who becomes a social outcast when she has an affair with the aristocrat Count Vronsky.
“Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice” director Joe Wright is helming the film from a script by Tom Stoppard. Though having discussed the film, no deals with Knightley have been made and the project is still in early stages with Stoppard’s screenplay due in some time before Christmas.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan says the script is one of several for Wright to consider as his next project with the decision likely to be made early next year.
The property has been adapted before with the better regarded versions being the 1935 film with Greta Garbo in her second turn as Anna, and the 2000 mini-series with Helen McCrory and Kevin McKidd. Less impressive takes include the 1947 film with Vivien Leigh and Kieron Moore, 1985 TV movie with Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Reeve, and the 1997 film with Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean.