Keira Knightley To Star In Sci-Fi Thriller

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:10 pm,

Keira Knightley is trading her usual period fare for a more futuristic world as she is set to star in sci-fi thriller Never Let Me Go. The film will also star Andrew Garfield (Boy A, Lions for Lambs) and Carey Mulligan (Pride & Prejudice), and will be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo).

There’s not much in the way of details about the plot of the film as of yet, except for the overall idea that it will be a “cloning-themed film.” But it’s going to be in the very capable hands of screenwriter Alex Garland who wrote 28 Days Later, The Beach and Sunshine.

It will be produced on a collaborative basis by DNA Films, screenwriter Alex Garland and Film 4.

Not much to say about this one since not that much information has been released in these early days of the development stage (shooting has yet to start) but what’s interesting to note is the departure for Knightley from her usual type of film. We’re used to seeing her in period garb (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and The Duchess, to name but a few) and we’ve been given seldom opportunity (where she’s one of the leads) to see if she can do anything else (although I’m actually one of the few people who thought she did a decent job in the underrated Domino).

I’m kind of 50/50 on her as an actress – there are times, such as in the aforementioned Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, where she really brings it (which is not surprising as those movies have her very much in her comfort zone) and others where she’s as wooden as they come (cough, Pirates of the Caribbean, cough).

But I’m certainly intrigued to see how she does in a sci-fi flick – could work, could not…

Never Let Me Go is scheduled to start shooting this April in London and Norfolk, England.


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  1. Ooh, I love sci-fi. And cloning. This could be sweet.

    Do I think you can do it? Oh yeah, definitely. She’s a very capable actress and I know she can do this. WILL she? That remains to be seen.

  2. From the synopsis I have found it sounds to almost be a remake of The Island from 05. Doesn’t really sound necessary.

  3. I think she is a good actress and would like to see her have a go at some sci-fi.
    bring it on :)

    • Skip this one. It was thoroughly disappointing and there was nothing science-fiction about it. In fact, cloning for organ harvest was the theme and that wasn’t even talked about or explored; it was a shallow character-driven script with beautiful English countryside cinematography. Awkward in its inception. It dragged on for years, it seemed, and went exactly nowhere. I felt robbed. Keira Knightly’s character was flat and boring, and even though one would expect that of a clone in theory, in fact, these people had every reason to be human but chose for some reason that also wasn’t explained, not to be. Very bad film.

  4. A movie about cloning is going to be co produced by DNA films?

  5. Wow, am I reading this right? Keira Knightley in a movie that ISN’T a period piece???