Welcome to Keira Knightley Fan, an up-to-date and in-depth fan resource for the talented actress. Serving fans since 2004, we are now the longest running fansite dedicated to Keira. Nominated for two Academy Awards, Keira is recogised worldwide for her memorable big screen roles that include 'Pride & Prejudice', 'Atonement', 'The Imitation Game' and Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. Our aim is to bring you all the latest news, articles, and photos relating to Keira's career, and strive to remain 100% gossip-and-paparazzi-free. Thank you for visiting!.
 
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  • Keira Knightley Would Love to Play Florence Nightingale

    VARIETY – Filmmaker Wash Westmoreland, and actresses Keira Knightley and Denise Gough dropped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss their new movie, “Colette,” which tells the story of French novelist Gabrielle Colette.

    Westmoreland co-wrote the film with his late partner, Richard Glatzer, who he had previously written and directed all his movies with, including “Still Alice,” which won Julianne Moore the Oscar for best actress. The pair had wanted to make “Colette” for years and before Glatzer passed away from complications due to ALS in March 2015, he hoped it would be their next project.

    “He got to see Julianne win the Academy Award when he was in the ICU in the hospital,” Westmoreland revealed. “We knew we had a chance now, we had a springboard into our next film. And I said, ‘What is it to be?’ At the time, he was just typing with his toe and he typed ‘Colette’ on his machine. And two weeks later, he passed away. But I knew what I had to do and set about doing it.”

    Westmoreland said his first solo directing effort proved to be emotional. “It was difficult because Richard and I had worked so closely for so many years. We knew each other so well, having written together, worked together, slept together, done everything together for so long that part of my mind is Richard, and sometimes when I would be faced with a difficult problem, I would ask: ‘What would Richard say?’ And the answer would be there.” Westmoreland added that in many ways, he considers Glatzer a co-director on the film.

    Knightley has played a number of dynamic women in her career, and noted that portraying Colette was empowering. “I was like, ‘Oh, I like walking in your shoes, this is great. I walk tall.’”

    When Knightley and Gough were asked about other powerful women they would like to portray, Gough joked, “I would like to play Keira Knightley in the story of her life.”

    Knightley added that she’d be interested in the stories of Josephine Bonaparte and Florence Nightingale. Gough said, “I think we could always do with another Joan of Arc. You can never get enough Joan.”

    Gough then revealed that she has a personal connection to a historical woman ripe for a biopic. “I’m also a direct descendant of the first-ever female pirate, Grace O’Malley,” she said. “The first-ever female pirate was an Irish woman who led ships full of men.”

    ‘Colette’ Official Featurette

    ADVOCATE – Rule-busting bisexual writer Colette gets the attention she deserves in the new film from out director Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice), set to be released September 21. Keira Knightley steps into the titular role in Colette, as the woman behind the Claudine novels who enthralled Belle Epoque-era Paris — even if her husband, Willy (played by Dominic West), took all of the credit. Colette was brash, sexy, and way ahead of her time, and her early novels, written under Willy’s name, depicted a young woman’s sexual awakening with kink and verve.

    The biopic begins with Colette’s marriage to Willy, her move to Paris from the country, and her rise as a star of any salon she attended. Westmoreland’s film also follows Colette’s sexual awakening as she proclaims and acts on her attraction to other women. Eventually, she and her husband embark on a polyamorous relationship, during which she takes female lovers.

    Colette finally settles on one lover in particular, the wealthy Missy (Denise Gough), who dresses in men’s clothes and uses male pronouns.

    But beyond portraying Colette’s lively personal life, the film is also a feminist treatise. Not only did Willy take credit for a woman’s work, but he said he had to because a woman’s work wouldn’t sell — a familiar refrain even today.

    “Female writers don’t sell. Female directors don’t make films because they’re not going to make money. You get that all the time,” Knightley said in a new featurette on the film. “And we do what we’re told and we follow the rules of our society. And [Colette] very much broke them.”

    Referring to the ongoing argument about whether or not women’s art will sell, Knightley said, “She would be as extraordinary today as she was back then.”

    ‘Colette’ Trailer

    The first trailer for Keira’s upcoming role in Colette-directed by Wash Westmoreland debuted on July 11 (sorry for the delay posting it!), and doesn’t it look incredible? This is of course Keira’s first lead role in four years, and it’s so exciting to see her in these type of roles again.

    My apologies for the lack of updates, too. I’m slowly working on various aspects of the site behind the scenes, which I can’t wait to share with you. Thank you for the continued patience!

    Keira Knightley Drama ‘Colette’, ‘Papillon’ Remake Get 2018 Release Dates

    THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Bleecker Street has filled out its 2018 calender.

    The indie distribution company has set the dates for titles that include the Papillon remake, Keira Knightley period piece Colette and drama Leave No Trace.

    Bleecker Street has moved the nationwide release date for Jon Hamm political thriller Beirut up two days, from April 13 to April 11, and has pushed up the limited release of On Chesil Beach nearly a month, to May 18.

    Papillon — the Rami Malek-Charlie Hunnam remake of the Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman two-hander — will open nationwide on Aug. 24, nearly a year after its TIFF debut. The Slender Man thriller and Keanu Reeves sci-fi film Replicas are also set to open on that date.

    Bleecker Street has also dated all of its Sundance acquisitions, beginning with Leave No Trace, which will hit theaters in a limited release on June 29. The Ben Foster-starrer will open the same weekend as the Sicario sequel.
    Knightley’s Colette is set for a limited Sept. 21 release, opening the same weekend as Taron Egerton’s Robin Hood. And fellow Sundance feature What They Had, starring Hillary Swank and Michael Shannon, will open on Oct. 12 in a limited release.

    Keira Knightley starring in new biopic ‘Colette’

    Empire are currently reporting that Keira Knightley has signed onto a new biopic Colette, which looks at the life of famous French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

    EMPIRE – Before the likes of Madonna and Cher earned fame with just one name, there was French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who went by the single moniker Colette. Now Still Alice co-director Wash Westmoreland is preparing a biopic of her, and has Keira Knightley close to a deal to star.

    Westmoreland wrote the film with his late husband and fellow Alice writer/director Richard Glatzer and will be calling the shots. The biopic will focus on Colette’s marriage to celebrated Parisian scribe Willy Gauthier-Villars, who was 14 years older than his wife when they married in 1893 and one of the most notorious libertines in Paris. During their time together, he introduced her to some of the more avant-garde circles and encouraged both her literary prowess and her love for women. After their separation in 1906, her writing career truly took off and she became known for works such as Gigi, Cheri and the Claudine series of books. A mime, an actress and a journalist at various points in her career, she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

    You can see why the filmmakers and now Knightley might be attracted to the story, and it has the backing of Bold Films and HanWay Films, the latter of which worked on Carol.Pam Koffler, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen and Empire video blog stalwart Stephen Woolley are all on board to produce, and Westmoreland is scheduled to start shooting this May in Budapest.

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