Hot on the heels of what I’m still hoping to be the Foreign Language Film Oscar frontrunner next year, the hauntingly emotional it’s time for Danish director Thomas Vinterberg to go for gold again with an English-language film.
For those that don’t recall, Vinterberg had a couple of shots in Hollywood before, namely the 2003 “It’s All About Love,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes, and the 2005 “Dear Wendy”, headlined by Jamie Bell, Alison Pill and Clive Owen.
Sadly, neither of the two was a critical or commercial home run for the helmer, but “Far From the Madding Crowd,” Vinterberg’s next project, sounds perfect for a do-over.
Set to be produced and distributed by Fox Searchlight (“12 Years a Slave”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”), the drama is based on a Thomas Hardy novel adapted for the big screen by David Nicholls (“One Day”).
With filming slated to be underway later this week, you’d think the cast would be rounded up for ages, but it’s only now that we’re hearing about the actors that will join Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge and Matthias Schoenaerts, signed back during the Cannes Film Festival.
Those are Michael Sheen and Juno Temple, so it looks like Vinterberg will have plenty of talent on his hands this time around as well. Sheen, nominated for an Emmy three years ago, has a number of intriguing projects in the pipeline, including “Kill the Messenger”, where he’ll play opposite Jeremy Renner and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the deliciously sordid Showtime series Masters of Sex.
As for Temple, she’s had a fantastic past couple of years, courtesy of roles in “Killer Joe”, “The Dark Knight Rises” and a bevy of indie hits, being attached to “Maleficent” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” in addition to “Far from the Madding Crowd”.