A new vision of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” is heading for the big screen, and The Wrap reports producers are interested in British actress Carey Mulligan to play the lead role of Bathsheba Everdene. From the sounds of the report though, it’s far from a sure thing at this point.
British author and screenwriter David Nicholls is said to be currently working on the screenplay, which would follow Bathsheba and her three suitors: Gabriel, a shepherd; William, a rich older farmer; and Troy, a handsome young soldier, though a number of years and dramatic episodes as she grows up and learns what is truly valuable in life. Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is in talks to direct. The book has been adapted for the big screen three times previously, four if you include 2010′s “Tamara Drewe”, a modern interpretation starring Gemma Arterton.
Mulligan would be great in this role, though she certainly has her pick of projects at this point so we’re not banking on this casting just yet. After landing the breakout role of a lifetime – as well as an Oscar nomination – for “An Education”, Mulligan went on to impress further in films including “Never Let Me Go“, “Drive” and “Shame.” This year she has wrapped up shooting the Coen Brothers’ 1960s folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis”, as well as the role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.” Both are now scheduled for 2013 releases after “Gatsby” was bumped from December. She is also attached to black comedy “Nancy and Danny”, though no start date has been set on the James Marsh-directed film.