Keira Knightley to play reclusive in new movie
Keira Knightley has signed up to star in a movie loosely based on the Hollywood classic Sunset Boulevard.
The Edge of Love star will play a reclusive actress who hides from everyone in a Holland Park mansion.
Keira will share screen space with Colin Farrell, who is set to play a south London criminal, recently released from prison, who befriends the lonely actress.
Tentatively titled London Boulevard, the movie will start shooting in May, in locations stretching from London to the Home Counties.
A source told the Daily Mail that Keira’s character was once a big star like her. ‘But she’s pursued by photographers, she takes medications and slowly retreats from the world, shutting herself away until this man from the wrong side of the tracks comes into her life.
‘It’s like a beauty and the beast tale.’
Upon reading the script – written by Bill Monahan who won an Oscar for The Departed – Keira drew parallels with herself, saying: ‘This could have been me if I’d let the madness of fame and celebrity get to me.’
Sunset Boulevard, directed by Billy Wilder, was released in 1950 with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded Hollywood star who deludes herself into making a comeback after embarking on a bizarre relationship with a young writer, played by William Holden.