Jude Law and Aaron Johnson Eyeing Roles in 'Anna Karenina'

Aaron Johnson/Jude Law © Getty Images
Aaron Johnson/Jude Law © Getty Images

Back in December, it was announced that director Joe Wright and his period-piece muse, Keira Knightley, were collaborating on a film adaptation of Tolstoy's classic novel, Anna Karenina. This film would mark the third collaboration between Knight and Wright, including "Atonement" and "Pride and Prejudice." Our always astute Signature readers reacted to the casting decision of Knightley with varying levels of glee or doom. We are still on the fence as to whether or not Knightley has the chops to play as legendary an Anna as Greta Garbo once did in "Love."

Now Variety reports on the new casting murmurs for the male roles in "Anna Karenina." Jude Law and Aaron Johnson are said to be in talks to star in Wright's project, though there's no word yet on what parts they are considering. Although we were amused with Johnson's performance in "Kick-ass," we became officially impressed with the young British actor after he portrayed a young John Lennon in 2009's "Nowhere Boy." He numbers among the young actors we are predicting to shoot up to A-list status over the next few years.

How do you take the news that Law and Johnson might join the cast of "Anna Karenina"? What roles are they best suited for?

  • Mary Miller

    Knightly is to young and inexperienced to play Anna. We need a seasoned actress, in the book she is older than that and has an affair with a younger man, it has to be like that, to understand the story, for the emotion to come through.

  • vicki

    how about kate winslet?? she can do anything and closer to the right age too!

  • Rebekah

    I disagree with the last comment! Keira being youthful, has a strange ability to look middle-aged with the right make-up and wardrobe.I think she will be fantastic for the part! And with Joe Wright as the Director-He has the sensitivity and passion to make this a Great film and do Mr. Tolstoy honor! My pick for Oscars 2011 "Best Picture"!!!!!!

  • Blueseed

    Vronsky's character doesn't look charismatic or alluring enough to justify Anna's obsession.

    Anna is supposed to be sensual, curvy,deep,complex and mysterious. Oh and Russian!

    Kiera isn't really like that.

    Marion Cotillard would be a better choice.

    Plenty of more racy young male actors to choose from for Vronsky too.