The Last Station trailer online
The Last Station is a story loosely based on fact that sees a young man dispatched by the powers that be to, under the guise of an assistant to help chronicle the works of Leo Tolstoy, keep an eye on him and his wife, Sofya Tolstoy, during his final years of life.
It seems that Tolstoy had become a dichotomy, stranded between his wealth, thirteen children, and a somewhat hedonistic life for the time, while trying to stay true to his teaching of poverty and chastity.
Christopher Plummer stars as Tolstoy, Helen Mirren as his wife, Anne-Marie Duff as one of the daughters, James McAvoy as the man assigned to "monitor" them by Vladimir Chertkov played by Paul Giamatti, and Kerry Condon as the woman he becomes attached to.
The Last Station has a superb cast, and that really does shine through when you watch the trailer, particularly for Plummer and Mirren - I wonder if this might be a couple of career defining roles for them? It certainly looks that way from the trailer.
The film is adapted from the novel entitled The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year, written by Jay Parini (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and adapted by Michael Hoffman who also directs. Hoffman conjures up a number of film titles to his directing career, particularly Restless Natives, Soapdish, Restoration, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Emporer's Club.
You can see the trailer over at Apple Trailers in high definition, or below in Flash format. I think it's looking rather good, with a fine mixture of drama, comedy and some heart warming moments, as well as the promise of some nice moralistic story telling. What do you think?
Great to see Christopher Plummer in full force, but really this trailer belongs to Helen Mirren.