Thomas Vinterberg adapts Thomas Hardy with Far from the Madding Crowd, and a teaser trailer for the May 2015 release has now been released. Carey Mulligan stars as independent-minded Bathsheba Everdene, who finds herself attracting three very different male suitors: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), Sergent Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), and prosperous, older bachelor William Boldwood (Michael Sheen). Juno Temple also co-stars in this exploration of relationships and resilience.
There have been many film and TV adaptations of Hardy’s novel, with the 1967 version by director John Schlesinger – which starred Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates – being the most beloved, so Vinterberg has his work cut out for him. This is his first English language feature since 2004’s Dear Wendy, though Fox Searchlight’s trailer makes an effort to promote Far from the Madding Crowd as from the filmmaker behind Oscar nominee The Hunt. He’s far from the Dogme crowd now.