Anna Karenina (CR: Focus Features/Laurie Sparham)

Two of Keira Knightley’s most inspired work comes from her collaboration with director Joe Wright in the features Pride & Prejudice and Atonement.  She reunites with Mr. Wright in the latest retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s classic love story Anna Karenina.

The 1870s Russia set narrative revolves around Anna Karenina (Knightley), a woman in high social standing thanks to her marriage to a high level government official (Jude Law). Karenina life is undone, however, when she enters an affair with a cavalry officer (Kick Ass actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson).  Although Joe Wright’s decision to give the film an intended theatrical feel is an interesting aesthetic choice (check out the trailer below), Anna Karenina’s success will possibly lie in the chemistry between Knightley and Taylor-Johnson as well as Knightley’s ability to deliver a powerhouse, awards worthy performance as Karenina.

In a recent interview, Knightley explained why the film will resonate with audiences.  “It’s about humanity,” said the actress.  “It’s about how we behave.  It’s about all of the different aspects of our character and as much as it’s set in a kind of fantasy land (in the) 1870s, it’s about being a human being.  And it’s about failing, and it’s about succeeding.  It’s about society, and I don’t think we’ve changed that much.  I think emotions have always been the same as they’ve always been.”

To hear Keira Knightley talk about the challenges of playing Anna Karenina, click on the media bar below:

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)