A couple of young European actresses on the verge of a breakout have rounded out the cast of Joe Wright’s new adaptation of classic Tostoy Russian epic “Anna Karenina.” Focus Features announced today shooting will begin this month in the UK and in Russia and actresses Ruth Wilson and Alicia Vikander have joined the cast.
This will be Wright’s third collaboration with muse Keira Knightley, who will play the titular unhappy and unfaithful Anna, with Jude Law as her high-ranking official of a husband and one of our favorites, Aaron Johnson, as Vronsky, her handsome lover. Among the supporting cast are Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Watson and Olivia Williams. There is no word on who Wilson and Vikander would play, though Anna’s sister-in-law, Dolly and Dolly’s younger sister Kitty, who become embroiled in their own trials, tribulations and love triangles, might be a logical guess.
Vikander, the Swedish actress who was at one time a finalist for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, landed herself another high profile franchise in Warner Bros’ sorcery fantasy “The Seventh Son”, opposite Ben Barnes and Jeff Bridges. British actress Wilson had also been set for a big budget blockbuster, but it may not happen now as that project is the Gore Verbinski-Johnny Depp Disney film “The Lone Ranger”, whose $200million+ life hangs in the balance as Disney execs review newly turned-in budget trimmings and decide whether to go forward or pull the plug completely.