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Between Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby and Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, moviegoers will be spoiled for choice this winter when it comes to luxurious adaptations of novels that explore ill-fated love in high society. Though the former won't be hitting theaters stateside until Christmas Day, Warner Bros has already been teasing Luhrmann's ambitious adaptation's over-the-top glamour with a gilded poster and a garish trailer. As for Anna, Focus Features has previously unveiled a striking string of first look images for Anna that revealed an almost unrecognizable Jude Law, a stunningly regal Keira Knightley, and a mustachioed—yet dapper—Aaron Johnson. And now, MSN has uncovered the film's first trailer, viewable below:
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, Anna Karenina stars Knightley as the titular aristocrat who rejects the norms of 19th century Russian high society to pursue her passion for the dashing Count Vronksy (Johnson), much to the dismay of her husband (Law). Helmed by Wright, who directed Knightley in such Oscar-honored adaptations as Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, this drama has promised to devastate and delight us since it was announced, and its first trailer does not disappoint. Unfurling a bold vision for this well-known romance, it is thoroughly glorious.
Doubling our anticipation, Focus Features has also released its first poster—fittingly at Glamour Magazine —which promises passion, drops names, and teases the tale's tragic finale. It's an image that beautifully blends style and substance, as the high contrast colors make the characters pop and a bold font brags about the incredible talent in front of and behind the camera. (Heralded playwright Tom Stoppard penned the screenplay!)
The embrace that Knightley and Johnson share here is both enviably passionate and utterly captivating, while Law's side-eye signals conflict. And even Levin (Domnall Gleeson) and Kitty (Alicia Vikander) share in the rapture of this promotional poster, all standing before the edge of a stage, signaling the high drama audiences are in store for. Watch out, Gatsby, because Karenina's got swagger for days.
Anna Karenina opens November 9th.