Another new role for Keira! Looks like 2018 will be a busy year for her, and for us (we’re not complaining).
VARIETY – Keira Knightley is set to star as a spy in a new drama from K Period Media, the production company behind “Manchester by the Sea,” Variety has learned.
The film will be based on an original script written by Camilla Blackett (“Newsroom,” “New Girl”). A director isn’t attached yet.
Knightley will produce the still-untitled independent movie along with Bristol Automotive’s Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky (“The Imitation Game”); and K Period Media’s Kimberly Steward and Josh Godfrey.
Since making a splash at Sundance 2016 with “Manchester by the Sea,” K Period Media — which was founded by Steward — has become one of the buzziest new producing houses in town for prestige pictures.
The company’s slate includes “Conversion,” a drama about a Midwestern family grappling with the sexual orientation of their son; “The True Adventures of Wolfboy,” starring Jaeden Lieberher and John Turturro; “Charlatan,” starring Matt Damon as a real-life 20th century doctor with questionable surgical practices; and Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the horror thriller “Suspiria” for Amazon Studios.
Knightley can next be seen in the dramas “The Aftermath” and “Colette,” a biopic about the French novelist that wrote “Gigi.”
Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley is in early talks to play Russian empress Catherine the Great in a biopic that Barbra Streisand will direct for producer Gil Netter’s Netter Productions, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Kristina Lauren Anderson wrote the script, which topped the 2014 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.
Netter and representatives for Knightley did not respond to requests for comment.
Catherine the Great was born Sophia Augusta Fredericka to German royalty and took power when her husband was assassinated, ruling from 1762 to 1796 while modernizing the Russian empire.
The film will follow young Catherine, who was trapped in an abusive marriage with the heir of the Russian throne — a role that is currently being cast now.
Besides a beloved Black List script, “Catherine the Great” boasts significant pedigree between Netter, who has two Oscar nominations for producing “Life of Pi” and “The Blind Side,” and Streisand, who won a Golden Globe for directing “Yentl” and has two Oscars of her own. Streisand’s films have received a total of 14 Oscar nominations.
Keira Knightley is in talks to play the role of artists’ muse Effie Gray in period drama Untouched for Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand), reports Liza Foreman.
The project, which is being pre-sold at the AFM by Ealing Metro International from their new headquarters in the Loews Hotel’s fitness studio, follows the real-life love affair between this beautiful young woman, trapped in a “loveless,” unconsummated marriage to Brit art critic John Ruskin, and his protege, pre-Raphelite painter John Everett Millais. Knightley stars as a woman in the middle of another mentor-protege triangle in David Cronenberg’s upcoming A Dangerous Method (November 23), between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender).
The film is based on a script by Aleksandra Crapanzano. The producers are Barnaby Thompson (Easy Virtue), Lucia Seabra (The Last Summer of La Boyita), Maria Teresa Arida (Arbitrage) and Lauren Versel (Vamps). The project is part of Ealing Metro’s AFM slate which also includes the musical romantic comedy Goddess and The Account, an action thriller to be directed by Pete Travis.
A second film on the subject, written by Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise, was being sold at the market last year and was due to go into production mid-October with Dakota Fanning playing Effie. Some buyers were shown that promo at the AFM this year on an iPad.
Gray was born in Scotland and lived in Bowerswell, the house where Ruskin’s grandfather had killed himself. She was acquainted with Ruskin’s family from a young age. Ruskin wrote the fantasy novel, The King of Golden River for her when she was only twelve years old. Although he is said to have idolized her from a young age, he failed to consummate his marriage to her. The famous Victorian love triangle has been dramatized a number of times. Thompson’s project was held up by the fact that a playwright claimed that her script copied his play. Ealing is currently completing casting on the film.
Steve Carell is no longer officially keeping Office hours, but he’s already lined up his first post-Michael Scott role. The actor’s rep confirms a Deadline report that Carell will play a lonely man who sets out with his neighbor to locate in the aptly-titled, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Keira Knightley is currently in negotiations to join him — not as the high school sweetheart, but as the road-tripping neighbor. Lorene Scafaria, who scripted Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist, wrote the screenplay and will direct. The film begins shooting May 16. Source
According to The Guardian, Keira has been offered a role in Tender is the Night alongside Matt Damon.
If last year’s Oscar-winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button excised almost all trace of F Scott Fitzgerald’s short story from the final cut, fans of the celebrated author may find solace fin reports that his final novel now looks set to get the big-screen treatment.
Keira Knightley and Matt Damon are in talks to star in a new version of Tender Is the Night, according to the Padiba blog. Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel was previously filmed in 1962 with Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones as the rich but troubled couple Dick and Nicole Diver. It is set on the French Riveria, where the doctor and his wife live a seemingly idyllic existence that masks the dark heart of their relationship. The book was listed at No 28 on the 100 greatest novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library in 1998.
Empire Online reports that Keira has signed on to Noah Baumbach’s film The Emperor’s Children:
Messud’s tome follows three Brown College graduates in their late 20s looking ahead to their lives with no little trepidation. The story takes place a few months before and then a few months after 9/11 in New York.
Knightley would likely play Marina Thwaite, the beautiful daughter of a social activist and journalist who is struggling to finish her first book, titled The Emperor’s Children Have No Clothes (you says the title, you wins the prize), while Bana is most suited for Ludovic, an ambitious Aussie who woos Marina to get himself invited into Manhattan’s high society. No idea yet which role Gere’s down for.
The Daily Mail has announced today that Keira has pulled out of playing Eliza Doolittle in the big screen adaptation of My Fair Lady. According to the article Keira believed the project was taking too long to get off the ground and is busy with The Misanthrope. Apparently Carey Mulligan has now been approached to audition for the role.
Although strongly linked with the role (she had singing lessons and sang for Mackintosh), Keira was never officially offered the part. She is believed to have felt that the project was taking too long to get off the ground.