Keira Knightley Set to Star in a Different Effie Gray Biopic 'Untouched'
Surprise! Serial period piece actress Keira Knightley is in talks to star in Untouched, a biopic on the life of artist muse Effie Gray. Gray was married to the famous 19th century art critic John Ruskin but later annulled the unconsummated marriage (because Ruskin apparently though Gray's body to be undesirable) to be with his protege, painter John Everett Millais. Brazilian filmmaker Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand) will direct the period romance, with a script from newcomer Aleksandra Crapanzano. Coincidentally, this isn't the only film in production centering around Gray's complicated and tumultuous romance life.
I guess this is the Armageddon/Deep Impact match-up of dramatic period-piece love triangle films, as actress/writer Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise are currently making an Effie Gray biopic with director Richard Laxton - simply titled Effie - which stars Dakota Fanning in the title role. IMDb currently has the production status listed as "filming" and Thompson on Hollywood states that it was "due to go into production mid-October," so we're not sure what the deal is with that project. Unsurprsingly, Knightley currently stars in yet another period piece, David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. And wouldn't you know that she's stuck in the middle of another master/apprentice relationship, this one between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). I swear, this girl has more antique triangles than a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.