Blink’s Carey Mulligan leads adaptation of Thomas Hardy classic

Mulligan and friend in Far from the Madding Crowd

If you haven’t yet seen Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow in the David Tennant era Doctor Who episode “Blink,” then you haven’t seen one of the top episodes of television from any genre.  We placed it in our Best of the Best category here at back in 2012.  Mulligan went on to star in another critically acclaimed genre film, Never Let Me Go, where she played one of several clones created solely to serve as a supply of replacement organs should the original person ever need them.  It’s a must see if you’re a fan of Gattaca or The Handmaid’s Tale.  She’s also starred in Inside Llewyn Davis with Star Wars Episode VII star Oscar Isaac, and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in An Education.

Mulligan has taken on plenty of historical costume drama films, and adaptations of classic novels in particular, including Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  This year Mulligan adds Thomas Hardy to her repertoire with the big-screen adaptation of his 1874 novel Far from the Madding Crowd.


Check out this first trailer for Far from the Madding Crowd, after the break:

It’s a bleak story but the preview carries a rather epic, Gone With the Wind vibe.

Far from the Madding Crowd also stars the intriguing Michael Sheen, star of Tron: Legacy, Timeline, Underworld, Alice in Wonderland, and Mary Reilly, Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown), and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts.


Far from the Madding Crowd arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.

C.J. Bunce

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