Carey Mulligan to Lead Adaptation of 'Far from the Madding Crowd'
by Ethan Anderton
September 16, 2013
After starring in Shame and Never Let Me Go for Fox Searchlight, Carey Mulligan is heading back to the studio for an adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd. The classic novel by Thomas Hardy was made into a feature film by director John Schlesinger with Julie Christie and Terrence Stamp, but this new version comes from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) and writer David Nicholls (One Day, Starter for 10). The studio announced Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) will also star.
As the press release indicates, the story follows "independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. The film is shooting right now in the UK, and this could be one of those period dramas that inevitably ends up competing for some Oscars when the time comes, especially with a talent like Mulligan in the lead. We'll keep an eye on this one.