I know, there’s no desperate need for my input on this; Anna Karenina has been adapted for the stage and screen many times, including the recent and famous incarnation starring Keira Knightley. I’ll be straight up with you, I haven’t seen that movie. But having just finished the book and fallen hard for the complex, enigmatic beauty of its titular character, I just can’t imagine K.K. doing her justice. Plus fantasy casting is my book nerd version of fantasy football, with an unlimited budget and Weinstein levels of Hollywood influence. It’s a lark. I do it with almost every novel I read, and I encourage you to do so too – if you don’t already. Here are my picks for the central characters in Anna Karenina:
Anna Karenina: Audrey Tautou
Alexey Vronsky: Henry Cavill
Alexey Alexandrovitch: Ralph Fiennes
Constantin Levin: Alexander Skarsgard
Fun fact: Alexander’s brother had a small part in the recent movie.
Kitty Schterbatsky: Emilia Clarke
Oblonsky: Jon Hamm
Dolly Schterbatsky: Ali Larter
I am particularly attached to the idea of Audrey Tautou as Anna and Jon Hamm as Oblonsky. Let’s face it, I’m just attached to the idea of Jon Hamm. What a guy.
Let me know your picks in the comments!