Far from the Madding Crowd is based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel by the same and stars Carey Mulligan.
Independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. Thomas Hardy’s 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.
We have another upcoming period drama about a woman torn between multiple suitors in Madame Bovary starring Mia Wasikowska, who I often think of as the Australian version of Carey Mulligan. I couldn’t help but think about the trailer for that movie while I was watching this trailer, although the themes in Madame Bovary are very different. Far from the Madding Crowd is a more straightforward love story with a happy ending.
Far from the Madding Crowd opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.