Back in 1967, the stellar cast list read Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp and Peter Finch. Forty six years later, a somewhat less starry line-up has just started filming the new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd.
Michael Sheen and Juno Temple are the latest additions to the production, with Sheen taking up the Peter Finch role. The casting of Carey Mulligan in the lead and Mattias Schoenarts (Rust and Bone) was announced during Cannes, with Tom Sturridge (On The Road) signing on the dotted line shortly afterwards.
Originally published in 1874, Far From The Madding Crowd traces the lives of rural landowner, Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan) and her three lovers – farmer Gabriel Oak (Shoenarts), the dashing Sergeant Troy (Sturridge) and wealthy bachelor William Boldwood (Sheen). Temple plays Fanny Robin, a servant who unwittingly sparks off a series of tragic events.
Filming will take place in Hardy’s Dorset, as well as Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. The novel has been adapted for the screen by David Nicholls and Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is at the helm for his first ever film in the English language.
The film is due to be released next year.
Source: Screen Daily