This new adaptation will feature Knightley in the lead role, but also Jude Law in the role of her husband Aleksei Karenin and Aaron Johnson as Count Vronsky.
The story takes place in 19th-century in Russia. Anna Karenina, a young woman married to Alexis Karenin, a senior, begins an affair with Count Vronsky. Their relationship is revealed and Anna, rejected by the society, has to leave her husband and child.
This isn’t the first time the Pirates of the Caribbean actress collaborates with director Joe Wright. The two have previously worked together for Pride and Prejudice and Atonement in 2005 and 2007.
“We anticipate that this will be a defining screen version of Anna Karenina,” said Tim Bevan, of Working Title Films who will be in charge of the production.
Filming begins in England and Russia this month.