By Dave Campbell | March 2, 2009
Her last stint in Sci-Fi was a bit part in Star Wars The Phantom Menaceas a body double to Portman’s Padme character. Now there’s word that Knightley has signed to star in the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Alex Garland is adapting the screenplay and producing with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich (DNA Films). Mark Romanek of One Hour Photo fame will direct with filming set to begin in London and Norfolk April 2009.
Knightley will be joined by co-stars and fellow Brits Carey Mulligan (An Education & The Greatest)and Andrew Garfield in the futuristic dark romantic thriller. The story takes place in a dystopian Britain where three friends who grew up in boarding school together learn that they are clones bred specifically as donors who must eventually submit to death from giving up their organs. The novel is a three part story that chronicles three phases of the character’s lives. Ishiguro’s 2005 novel was nominated for the Booker Prize.
Thanks for leaving period pieces Keira, won’t you stay awhile?