Keira Knightley is Still Doing More Period Pieces
by Alex Billington
January 5, 2009
I would've expected Keira Knightley to learn her lesson by now. After Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Silk, and The Duchess this year, I was hoping she'd stop making such dull period pieces -- apparently not. Knightley has been cast in The Beautiful and the Damned, the next project from filmmaker John Curran. Curran last directed the period film The Painted Veil as well as We Don't Live Here Anymore before that. The Beautiful and the Damned concerns the turbulent marriage of alcoholic writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his schizophrenic wife Zelda Sayre. Something to get excited about? I highly doubt it.
The Beautiful and the Damned will begin production in March. The story takes place in the high society of the roaring '20s, which was when Fitzgerald wrote some of his greatest novels, including This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned (for which this movie is named), and The Great Gatsby. Knightley will play Fitzgerald's wife. I've got nothing against Fitzgerald and I think Curran is a fairly competent director, I guess I just don't want to see Knightley in more period pieces. But then again, I know there are a few people who'd be happier seeing her in films like this than anything else. What about you?