Cumberbatch, MacDonald Join “Anna Karenina”

“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Hanna” filmmaker Joe Wright tells The Playlist that two more stars are now locked for his adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”.

Wright confirmed the already announced casting of Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson, and then he added “Boardwalk Empire” actress Kelly Macdonald and “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch to the list. Wright also adds that he’s “still waiting” to hear back from two of the leading stars from his previous films about where they might appear – James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan.

Shortly after this report, Ronan was asked by MTV News if there was any truth to the talk that she was up for “Anna Karenina” to which she responded “Well, nothing… not really. There’s a lot of things going on right now and nothing has really been confirmed. So we’ll see.” Many are guessing that her schedule on “The Hobbit” is being sorted out, once that is then she’ll know if she’ll be able to do this.

Considered the “greatest novel ever written” in various polls over the years, the eight-part novel deals with a 19th century Russian woman (Knightley) trapped in a loveless marriage who becomes a social outcast when she has an affair with the aristocrat Count Vronsky (Johnson). Shooting on the film aims to kick off in the Fall.