Joe Wright’s Hanna is set to open this weekend but he’s already looking ahead to his next film, Anna Karenina, an adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel. He already has Keira Knightley locked in and now he’s eyeing James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan. Yup, he’s one of those directors who likes to work with the same group of actors. Speaking to The Playlist, Wright gave an update on the film, he told them that, “Keira is confirmed, Jude Law is confirmed, Aaron Johnson is confirmed, Kelly Macdonald is confirmed, Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed. I’m still waiting on Saorise and James.”
It’s a nice update and Wright confirms a few things that were only speculation before. If he can bring McAvoy and Ronan on board, and I can’t see why he won’t be able to, he’ll have quite a cast. That being said, I’m still not too excited about the film. I was hoping Wright would continue on with films more like Hanna. With Anna Karenina though, expect a film closer to Wright’s previous movies like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, neither of which had me very entertained.