Keira Knightley in 'Never Let Me Go': Something new for the period queen

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I’m personally loving the news that Keira Knightley will star in Never Let Me Go, a film adaptation of the novel by British author Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day). I’m not going to give away the entire plot here (although, seriously, good luck avoiding it if you have an Internet connection, which I suspect you do), but the film’s been pegged as a "sci-fi thriller" and revolves around at least two of the following: feathered hats, cloning, the Industrial Revolution, organ donation. The book sounds eerie and fascinating; I’ll be reading it immediately. You know how much I love feathered hats, especially when they’re thrilling.

It doesn’t hurt that the title Never Let Me Go is a creepy, vaguely admonishing directive,√† la Let the Right One In. So, yeah. SOLD. This is working. I’m buyin’ what you’re sellin’, little miss alien head.

(Also: Is this the cringe-iest headline ever? I should change it to themore-accurate "period duchess" or "period film staple." But I won’t!)

What do you think — can Keira pull off this refreshing change from her usual huffy period dramas?

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  • kate

    keira knightley has now starred in the adaptation of every single one of my favorite books.

  • Calvin Green

    Q: Can Keira pull off this refreshing change from her usual huffy period dramas?
    A: No. I am surprised she didn’t end up in either one of these:
    http://failedscreenwriter.com/2009/01/22/the-frightful-fears-of-fanny-fanciful-r/
    http://failedscreenwriter.com/2009/02/05/treachery-beyond-the-pale-r/

  • Celimene

    The book is absolutely stunning – quite possibly my favourite book ever – and I think Keira will play Kathy well. When she does more adventurous roles in non-period works (i.e. The Jacket and Beckham), she’s kind of idiosyncratic – and I think it would work for the character. Hoping she can get the passivity of the role down as well. Fingers crossed that this adaptation works… though I’ll see it no matter who is in it. Fantastic, fantastic book.

  • Celimene

    The book is absolutely stunning – quite possibly my favourite book ever – and I think Keira will play Kathy well. When she does more adventurous roles in non-period works (i.e. The Jacket and Beckham), she’s kind of idiosyncratic – and I think it would work for the character. Hoping she can get the passivity of the role down as well. Fingers crossed that this adaptation works… though I’ll see it no matter who is in it. Fantastic, fantastic book.

  • Kim

    Love this novel. I’m always wary when a film will be made. I don’t like to share.

  • pandorian

    How about, “Keira Knightley Gets New Period”?

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    Could this compare to her classic work in Domino?

  • Lizzy

    Calvin Green: “huffy period dramas”? Wow. That’s uncalled for. Just because you do not like or appreciate period dramas does not mean you get to be all snotty and call them huffy. Sheesh.

  • eegle

    I hadn’t heard that this book was being adapted- I’m thrilled! The book is amazing- beautiful, haunting, thought-provoking, etc., etc. So excited!

  • Verity

    The book is amazing! It’s very haunting; the kind of thing that stays with you a while after you’ve finished it. If done right, it could be an incredible film. However, I’m not so sure about the casting of Keira Knightly. I thought she was great in Atonement so she has potential to do well in Never Let Me Go, which has a similar vibe. I’ll be interested to see who else they cast.

  • anthony

    my favorite, most underated, most beautiful actress doing anything will intrigue me… but after reading this i’m even more thrilled than usual… can’t wait!!

  • Mr Kitty’s Mom

    It is a strange and amazing book – it will be hard to put on film and do it justice – it will be interesting to see who else is cast.

  • Mr Kitty’s Mom

    It is a strange and amazing book – it will be hard to put on film and do it justice – it will be interesting to see who else is cast.

  • mr

    Sorry for the double post – FireFox is being naughty today.

  • Janee

    Sounds like the movie The Island.

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