Books Made Into Films 2012

Anna Karenina – September – Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Macfadyan

I think Keira Knightley is a good choice as Anna, to be honest. Also, I’m interested to see what Kelly McDonald is like as Dolly (she played Diane in Trainspotting). I can imagine she and Keira would act quite well together. I can’t say I imagined Karenin to be at all like Jude Law though! I think this has the potential to be a really good film; I hope it doesn’t disappoint. I’ll definitely schedule a re-read before it comes out.

The Great Gatsby – December – Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire
EDIT: The release has been delayed until 2013!

This is another of my favourite books, although I’m not sure what I think of the film so far. I’m glad Baz Luhrmann is directing it, but some things just don’t match how I thought they’d be. Like Gatsby being played by Leonardo DiCaprio. For some reason I thought Gatsby would look older and more powerful. Although I do really like the 1920s atmosphere in the advert. Like in the novel, everything seems so material and fake.

Cloud Atlas – October – Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant
All I’ve ever heard is how great this book is, but I could never get into it. Maybe I should give it another go. Or I could watch the film and then read the book if I like it. But that would be literary blasphemy.

Life of Pi – December – Tobey Maguire, Gérard Depardieu
I hope the entire film is as beautiful and dream-like as the shot below.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Date TBC – Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd
Emma Watson, really? But I love how Paul Rudd is playing the English teacher. He seems to fit the role perfectly. I think I’d feel too old going to watch this film though – it has a very prominent young adult feel to it. I guess the book belongs to that category, but it doesn’t seem so noticeable.

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