Joe Wright made his splash in 2005 with the Oscar nominated Pride & Prejudice and has continued to build a rather fantastic resume based around adaptations of literary classics. His career as a Director, while relatively new, is a promising one, and his next project, whatever that might be, could be yet another adaptation and maybe even another Oscar contender.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Based on Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel and focusing on a Russian socialite and aristocrat’s romantic yet tragic love affair. Wright’s third collaboration with actress Keira Knightley and third Oscar nominated film, winning the award for Best Costume Design.
Ok, while not a literary adaptation, Hanna was far more exciting than I was prepared for. A fairly stylized adventure thriller with some coming of age aspects to it, young Saoirse Ronan owns this film and joins Wright for their second collaboration.
The Soloist (2009)
Based on Steve Lopez’s real life story of a violinist succumbing to schizophrenia and ultimately becoming homeless. Robert Downey Jr. stars as LA Times columnist Lopez and Jamie Foxx plays the troubled Nathaniel Ayers in the moving tale of music and the mind.
From Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel, Wright brings the scandalous, tragic and romantic war drama to the silver screen and an even younger Saoirse Ronan was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy award as 13 year old Briony Tallis. James McAvoy and Keira Knightley also star.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
From the Jane Austen classic and Wright’s first feature length film and yet again, an Academy Award nominated film. See a pattern here? Gorgeous to behold and lightly freshened up for a younger audience, Wright certainly has a sense of style, composition, and beauty.
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