December 2, 2012 7:39 PM

Actor Jude Law welcomes a new kind of role in ‘Anna Karenina’

Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin is a government official; an older man with, according to his creator, Leo Tolstoy, large tired eyes and a deliberate, ungraceful gait. In Joe Wright’s lavishly theatrical screen version of “Anna Karenina,” he is played by a seemingly unlikely actor: Jude Law, who not so long ago might have seemed the obvious choice for Anna’s dashing young lover, Vronsky.

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