As our regular readers are well aware, I happen to love Dorset. It’s my favorite place to visit in England and we always visit when we’re in the country. Because of this, I have a particular love of the works of Thomas Hardy, with Far From the Madding Crowd being my favorite. So it was with great delight that I learned today that it’s being adapted into a new film.
Fox Searchlight, DNA Films and BBC Films are all producing the picture, which began filming on location in Dorset on Monday. The film will star Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, Mattias Schoenarts will star as Gabriel Oak with Tom Sturridge playing Sergent Troy and Michael Sheen as the gentleman farmer William Boldwood.
The film will be directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) and was adapted for screen by David Nicholls. I’m reasonably confident that the right people are making this movie – David Nicholls also adapted the 2008 adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles that starred Gemma Arterton and that was fantastic.
This property was made into film previously in the 1960’s, starring Julie Christie. While it’s an excellent and faithful adaptation, it’s LONG and rather trying to get through. It was also made again in the 1990’s as a TV miniseries and I remember that being all right. But it’s a perfect story that’s ripe for a modern take remake.
I’m not sure Carey Mulligan is right for Bathsheba, she doesn’t have quite the dark beauty (though beautiful she is) that is Bathsheba. Michael Sheen will make a perfect Boldwood.
Filming now in Dorset, it will probably be released in the fall of 2014.
I can’t wait to see it!