After crafting one the best (and, sadly, perhaps most overlooked) dramas of last year with the Mads Mikkelsen-led The Hunt, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is returning in 2015 with his follow-up. One of our most-anticipated of the year, it’s an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy classic Far From the Madding Crowd, and today the first trailer has arrived.

Led by Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts, Juno Temple, and Michael Sheen, I wouldn’t have quite pegged Vinterberg to partake in a period drama, but he looks to have given beautiful new life to the timeless tale. Following Mulligan’s character attracting a trio of suitors, if a certain superhero sequel isn’t up your alley, this looks to be the ideal way to kick off the summer next year. Check out the first trailer below.


Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.




Far From the Madding Crowd opens on May 1st, 2015.

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