Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) may be looking for love in the 19th century, but Thomas Vinterberg’s (The Hunt) adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd still feels surprisingly relevant. Bathsheba is an independent, career driven woman who suddenly finds herself with three men vying for her hand in marriage, a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), a cocky solider (Tom Sturridge) and a wealthy farm owner (Michael Sheen).
All three have pros and cons so while in New York City promoting the upcoming release, I opted to find out how Schoenaerts and Sheen would sell Mr. Oak and Boldwood in modern times – by creating an online dating profile. Find out what they said and what Mulligan thinks Bathsheba should have on her own page in the video below, and be sure to keep an eye out for my full interviews with all three as we near Far from the Madding Crowd’s May 1st limited release.
Here’s the official synopsis for Far From the Madding Crowd:
The film tells the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.