Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is released in the UK this Friday, ahead of its US release in November, and is highly anticipated for more reasons than you can really count.

To start with, its leading cast sees Keira Knightley take the eponymous role, with Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson completing the leading trio. Then there’s the fact that Wright is directing from a script by Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, the currently-airing Parade’s End).

And then, of course, there’s the fact that the first trailer is magnificent. And with only a few days to go before its UK release, we have a trio of character posters to share of Knightley, Taylor-Johnson, and Law.

“The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement,” is the epic love story “Anna Karenina,” adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”). The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.”

Matthew Macfadyen, Olivia Williams, Kelly Macdonald, Emily Watson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Holliday Grainger head up the fine supporting cast, for what promises to be quite likely the best period drama of the year, adapting Tolstoy’s original novel.

Wright last worked with Knightley on Atonement, which won an Oscar and a further six nominations, and there’s every reason to think that their latest collaboration will be heading in the same direction, particularly given the later US release, priming it for an awards campaign.

Anna Karenina will be released in the UK this Friday, 7th September, before heading to the US a little later for a 16th November release. For now, here are the wonderful new character posters, which you can click to enlarge.


Source: via IMP Awards.