Hopkins, Streep and Giamatti Check into ‘Last Station’


Production Weekly is reporting that Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep and Paul Giamatti are set to star in The Last Station for director Michael Hoffman.

The feature is an adaptation of Jay Parini’s novel of the same name, which is set in the last tumultuous years of Leo Tolstoy’s (Hopkins) life, the historical biopic centers on the battle for his soul waged by his wife, Sofya Andreyevna, (Streep) and his leading disciple, Vladimir Cherkov (Giamatti). Torn between his professed codtrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth, his thirteen children, and a life of hedonism, Tolstoy makes a dramatic flight from his home. Too ill to continue beyond the tiny rail station at Astapovo, he believes that he is dying alone, while over one hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition.

The film is due to begin shooting at locations in Russia in February 2007.

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