Casting Bits: Keira Knightley in ‘Untouched’, Wendi McLendon-Covey in ‘A White Trash Christmas’, Hayley Atwell in ‘The Return of Captain Nemo’
Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Just as Emma Thompson’s Victorian Effie is finally coming together, competition has sprung up in the form of a rival project inspired by the exact same subject. Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to take the lead in Untouched, a biopic of Effie Gray written by Aleksandra Crapanzano with Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand) directing.
Both films are based on the same scandalous 1850s love triangle between Gray, the art critic John Ruskin, and painter John Everett Millais. Gray was married to the much older Ruskin, but Ruskin could not bring himself to consummate the marriage (despite being virile, as he demonstrated in court. Seriously). Gray eventually had the marriage annulled and left Ruskin for his protege Millais.
Development on Untouched is still in the early stages, with no other cast attached at this time and no start date announced. Knightley currently stars as the center of a different mentor-protege love triangle, in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. Effie is filming now, with Dakota Fanning starring and Richard Laxton directing. [Thompson on Hollywood]
After the jump, a Bridesmaids star who’s not named Kristen Wiig or Melissa McCarthy lands a leading role, and Captain America‘s Hayley Atwell goes hunting for sea monsters or something.