Based on the trailer that hit the web Wednesday, the "Atonement" director's latest literary adaptation will be another feast for the eyes, with the camera gazing longingly at the elegant Tsarist interior design and snow-caked Russian landscapes. But can Wright find the beating heart in Leo Tolstoy's tragic romance?
After all, past versions starring the likes of Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh fell short of classic status.
In Wright's favor is an impressive cast that boasts Jude Law, "Kickass" star Aaron Johnson and "Boardwalk Empire"s' Kelly Macdonald, not to mention a script by an up-and-coming playwright named Tom Stoppard.
The Focus Features release hits theaters on November 9, 2012 — just in time for Oscar season. Let the race begin.