Keira Knightley has entered talks for the lead role in Colette, a biopic of the French author and Nobel Prize nominee, which is being produced by the team behind Carol and is to be directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).
Variety reports that the film “tells the true story of Colette, one of France’s leading female writers. Her first marriage was to a larger-than-life character: Willy Gauthier-Villars, a celebrated Parisian wit, critic and man about town. The folklore of the union is that Willy locked his wife up to write novels for him that subsequently became huge best sellers, making him rich and famous. Eventually Colette rose out of the shadows to claim her rightful heritage.”
“Keira is impeccably suited to step into the role of the iconic Colette in the early 1900s, who pushed the envelope in a time when women writers were shunned and bisexuality was scandalous. We are honored to bring her story to the big screen,” states Michel Litvak of Bold Films, who are financing and co-producing.