Jude Law, 38, is in talks to join the cast of "Anna Karenina," to star alongside Keira Knightley, Variety reports.
The film will be based on Leo Tolstoy's classic, with an adapted script by Tom Stoppard. Knightley has already signed on to portray Karenina, a woman bound in a loveless marriage who lusts after a soldier. Aaron Johnson of "Nowhere Boy" is also said to be in negotiations for a role in the Working Title flick.
Joe Wright has signed on to direct and Working Title's Tim Bevan is producing. This will be Knightley's third starring role with Wright, the other two being "Atonement" and "Pride and Prejudice," which were also period pieces.
The novel has been adapted to the screen 24 times, from 1911 to the most recent PBS series which broadcast in 2000.
In February, Law broke up with his on-and-off again girlfriend, Sienna Miller. Law and Miller were previously engaged in December 2004. In mid-2005, the actor was reported to have had an affair with Daisy Wright, the nanny of his three children, whose mother is Sadie Frost. Law made a public apology, saying he was "deeply ashamed and upset" that he hurt Miller and their families.
The two soon broke up months later and got back together in 2006. The actress said the two were trying to work things out. They then split again and Miller reportedly dated actors such as Rhys Ifans and later, Balthazar Getty, who was married at the time. She and Law rekindled their romance in 2009.
Law's next role is in the "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," reprising his role as Dr. John Watson to Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes, which is slated for release on December 16, 2011.