Far From the Madding Crowd is Too Far From a Release Date!

Far From the Madding Crowd, movie, Thomas Hardy, based on novel, Carey Mulligan, photo, Matthias Schoenaerts

…because I want to see it now! (Yes, I totally sounded like Veruca Salt in my head as I typed that).

Fox Searchlight has finally given us the first teaser trailer for the latest version of Thomas Hardy’s classic story of a love “quadrangle”, Far From the Madding Crowd. I say finally because it was filmed in early fall 2013, and there’s been barely a whisper about it since it was announced that Carey Mulligan would play Bathsheba Everdene for Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, making his English language debut following the Oscar nominated The Hunt (with Mads Mikkelson).

Mulligan’s suitors are played by Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak, Tom Sturridge as Sgt. Frank Troy and Michael Sheen as William Boldwood.

Take a look:

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless soldier; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Vinterberg’s is the fourth big screen version of the story. The first was a 1915 silent. The most well known, however, is John Schlesinger’s which came out in 1967 with Julie Christie, Terence Stamp (Troy), Peter Finch (Boldwood) and Alan Bates (Oak) and a screenplay by Frederic Raphael (Two for the Road, Eyes Wide Shut).

This version was written by David Nicholls (Starter for 10, One Day and the Mike Newell version of Great Expectations). Craig Armstrong (The Great Gatsby, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Love, Actually) did the score. The film also features Juno Temple as Fanny Robin and will make its world premiere in Denmark on April 23 and open in the UK and the US on May 1, 2015.



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