Netflix has just announced that it will release its first original Russian series. According to EkSukoon, the working title is currently Anna K, but the series will be a “lavish and contemporary retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina.”
Svetlana Khodchenkova is cast as the titular character. Deadline reported that Maria Mikulina and Roman Kantor are credited with writing the series. Kantor will also help direct. The other directors include Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Natasha Merkulova, and Aleksey Chupov. Anna K will be produced by the Russian company 1-2-3 Production.
According to Deadline, Anna K will be set in a modern-day Russia. Anna Karenina is engaged to the man who is soon-to-become the governor of St. Petersburg. However, Karenina becomes involved in an affair with Vronsky, “the dashing heir of an aluminum empire.” The affair becomes more intense than either Karenina or Vronsky intended, thus creating turmoil and friction among the social relationships and familial bonds of the main characters.
The Deadline article also provided a quote from director Fedorovich, who said that he hopes the show will “touch the hearts of viewers from Australia to Brazil” as the series is based off one of the greatest love stories in classic literature.
Anna K will not be the first time we see Tolstoy’s novel appear on screen. Other film adaptations of Anna Karenina have been released in the past, with one of the most popular featuring Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, Jude Law as Count Alexei Karenin (Anna’s husband), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Vronsky.
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