Four More Join Wright’s “Anna Karenina”

One cast member has been replaced while three more have joined Joe Wright’s upcoming adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” 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 (Keira Knightley) trapped in a loveless marriage who becomes a social outcast when she has an affair with the aristocrat Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). Tom Stoppard penned the script.

Back in April it seemed Knightley, Johnson, Jude Law, Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch were attached to star and Wright had hoped to get James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan for small roles but it would depend on their schedules.

Now Cumberbatch’s commitments to the just greenlit HBO and BBC WWI-era British television miniseries “Parade’s End”, ironically also penned by Stoppard, have prevented him from taking part in the project. As a result Matthew Macfadyen will step into his place in the role of Oblonsky with Macdonald playing his wife Dolly.

Also joining the cast are Olivia Williams as the Countess Vronskaya (mother of Vronsky), Domhnall Gleeson as Levin, and Andrea Riseborough. Shooting kicks off this September in Russia and the UK.