Jude Law for Anna Karenina role?

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray the crime-solving duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this 2009 crime/mystery flick based on the character of the title name. With aid from former adversary Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), Holmes and Watson investigate a series of murders connected to occult rituals. Mark Strong plays the villain Lord Blackwood, who has somehow returned after his execution to take over the British Empire using an arsenal of dark arts and new technologies.
March 18th, 2011

Jude Law is in talks to play Aaron Johnson's love rival in 'Anna Karenina'.

The 'Sherlock Holmes' star has reportedly been in discussions with director Joe Wright about taking on a role in his proposed big screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, which follows a married woman - played by Keira Knightley - who becomes a social outcast when she has an affair with an aristocrat.

'Kick-Ass' actor Aaron is also being considered for a role although it has not been confirmed which actor will play Anna's unfeeling husband or her lover.

The Working Title film is being produced by Tom Bevan from a script written by Tom Stoppard.

Jude's next major project will be a stint in 'Anna Christie' on London's West End.

The actor - who won plaudits for his role as Hamlet on stage in the British theatre district and on Broadway in New York - will take on the role of Mat, the love interest of the main character, to be played by Laurence Olivier Award winner Ruth Wilson.

However, he also has a number of big movies coming up.

He recently filmed 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel 'A Game of Shadows' with Robert Downey Jr. and will also be seen in Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo Cabret' as the titular character's father.

'Anna Karenina' is scheduled to start shooting later this year.