Netflix Announces First Original Russian Series Based on Leo Tolstoy’s Classic Novel ‘Anna Karenina’

Netflix is producing its first Russian original drama, with a working title “ANNA K,” which the streamer describes as a “lavish and contemporary retelling” of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina. The series stars Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in the title role about love, infidelity and family.

Svetlana Khodchenkova

The series is set in modern-day Russia, where socialite Anna Karenina, the wife of the soon-to-be governor of St. Petersburg, enters a life-changing love affair with Vronsky, the dashing heir of an aluminum empire. Their affair quickly careens out of control, threatening the delicate balance of their familial bonds and social relationships.

Set between cosmopolitan Moscow, historic St. Petersburg and Russia’s rugged countryside, the drama explores  themes of passion, loyalty and the irrefutable truth that no amount of riches can save us from love’s ability to either free us or bring us to our doom.

The series is being produced by 1-2-3 Production, with a script adaptation by Roman Kantor and Maria Mikulina and co-directed Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov.

“We are incredibly proud to announce our first Russian series,” Michael Azzolino, director of original series for Netflix, said in a statement. “The talented team of writers, directors and producers have crafted an imaginative and immersive series. We are excited to help bring their vision for this much admired story to our members in Russia and the world.”

Filming is set for Moscow and St. Petersburg, with worldwide streaming launch undisclosed.