A hundred and sixty four years after Emily Bronte first published “Wuthering Heights” and more than twenty adaptations later, it seemed safe to say there was no more new or innovative way to tell the story of star crossed lovers Cathy and Heatcliffe (short of a Seth Grahame-Smith retooling), but if reviews are to be believed, director Andrea Arnold has done just that with her new film, described as “raw”, “gritty” and “bare” and a plethora of words never before associated with big screen adaptations of Victorian novels.
From what mysterious little has been revealed by previous promo materials, like the first trailer, we believe it. Today the first stills have been released that actually feature our ill-fated lovers – played in youth by Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave, and as adults by Kaya Scodelario and James Howson – though even here, the long stretches of moor and sky are still featured prominently. “Wuthering Heights” will be released in the UK on November 11 following a premiere at the London Film Festival. [Empire]