Keira Knightley certainly loves her period movies.
Since breaking out in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” she”s starred in more historical films than contemporary flicks. “Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Silk,” “King Arthur” and, most recently, “The Duchess.” Now, Variety reports Knightley”s latest period endeavor, “The Beautiful and the Damned,” has finally found a director in John Curran.
Curran, who is best known for “The Painted Veil” and “We Don”t Live Here Anymore,” will replace Nick Cassavetes who was originally announced as the film”s director.
An original screenplay by Hanna Weg, “Damned” chronicles the rocky marriage of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre (Knightley). Their relationship, which is believed to have inspired some of the author”s works, unfolded in the upscale enclaves of the Roaring ’20s and was no doubt affected by his alcoholism and her schizophrenia.
The independently financed film is aptly times with the current success of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” adapted from Fitzgerald”s short story, and the news that filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has acquired the rights to the author”s classic “The Great Gatsby.”
The 23-year-old Oscar nominee recently completed the modern day Miramax drama “Last Night” alongside Eva Mendes and current Hollywood “it” boy Sam Worthington.
“Damned” is expected to begin production in March.