Johnson also in negotiations to join Knightley starrer
Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are in talks to join Keira Knightley in Working Title’s “Anna Karenina,” which Joe Wright will direct.Tom Stoppard penned the adaptation; Working Title’s Tim Bevan is producing. In the title role of the Leo Tolstoy classic, Knightley will play a woman stuck in a loveless marriage who struggles with her attraction to a soldier. Sources wouldn’t confirm which roles Johnson and Law would play, and Working Title and Wright are still working on casting major parts. Pic is aiming for a fall production start. Project marks the third collaboration between Knightley and Wright; the first two, “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice,” were also period pics. The novel has already been adapted many times, including a 1997 Warner Bros. pic starring Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean. Working Title has a busy year with Universal’s “Paul” coming out on Friday, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” set for release this fall and “Everybody Loves Whales” set to bow sometime in 2012. Johnson was most recently seen in the Weinstein Co.’s “Nowhere Boy”; Law just wrapped production on Warner’s “Contagion,” starring Matt Damon. Johnson is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment; Law is repped by WME and Rick Yorn.