As I expected, Aaron Johnson as Vronsky looks like an immature, sulky teenage boy. What is this? Tolstoy for tweenies? And the hair reminds me of Skeeter in The Help, and not in a good way.
Keira Knightley looks sufficiently tragic as Anna, but let’s wait and see how she does, acting-wise.
Okay, I was wrong before, Jude Law does look old enough to play Karenin. The beard helps, and of course the receeding hairline. Wow, I really hadn’t noticed he’s grown so …. mature.
Weird, this looks like they are dancing on stage, instead of during a ball or a party.
Other actresses who played Anna in the past:
Vivien Leigh in Anna Karenina (1948 film)
Sophie Marceau in Anna Karenina (1997 film). Yup, that’s Sean Bean as Vronsky. Call me shallow, but I’d much, much rather have this Vronsky.
Helen McCrory in Anna Karenina (2000 TV miniseries).
I have a sudden obsession with Anna Karenina. Apparently there’s a 2000 British miniseries starring Stephen Dillane as Karenin and Mark Strong as Anna’s brother Oblonsky. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I want to watch this ASAP! Anna was played by Helen McCrory (probably most well-known as Cherie Blair in “The Queen”) and Kevin McKidd (Dr Owen Hunt aka Cristina’s husband in Grey’s Anatomy) played Count Vronsky. Was looking at the IMDB page for the 2012 Anna Karenina; I can’t find casting info for Nikolai Levin the dying brother. This, plus the fact that Joe Wright casts relatively unknown actors for the parts of Kitty and Levin made me suspect that the movie will be mostly about Anna, Vronsky and Karenin, and ignoring a large part of Levin’s story. Not surprising, I guess, you can’t fit everything in 2+ hours, and once you’ve cast a big star as Anna, you can’t keep moving from her story to someone else’s.