Keira Knightley Reteaming with Joe Wright for My Fair Lady
Well it looks like Keira Knightley really has given up on contemporary films. The 24-year-old actress is reportedly going to star in My Fair Lady, the latest adaptation from English director Joe Wright, whose other project, Indian Summer, fell apart just last week. England's Daily Telegraph reported last Friday that they had gotten word from "a friend of the director" that Wright would be directing My Fair Lady next with Knightley starring in the read role as Eliza Doolittle. This remake has been around for a while, with Scarlett Johansson also rumored for the role, but apparently it's now in Knightley's hands with Wright on-board.
My Fair Lady is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's novel Pygmalion. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins so that she can pass as a lady. Higgins takes credit for Eliza's success, but she realizes that she can now be independent and does not need him. It was first brought to the big screen in 1964, with Audrey Hepburn playing Eliza Doolittle. Apparently fellow actress Emma Thompson (who wrote Pride & Prejudice for Joe Wright in 2005) is writing the script, and Daniel Craig has been rumored as a possible Professor Henry Higgins, but that's all we know.
Knightley last starred in The Duchess and has a few new upcoming roles, including in William Monahan's London Boulevard. We also reported that she would star in Never Let Me Go, a futuristic sci-fi thriller. Glad to see she's branching out after playing Elizabeth Swann, but she hasn't really done anything that impressive. And I don't expect My Fair Lady to change my mind nor am I excited for it, but that's just me.