Film production companies Bleecker Street and 30WEST acquired the U.S. rights to the Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) film Colette, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The biopic – directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice) – tells the story of the French novelist’s career and her tumultuous relationship with her overbearing husband. Dominic West (Showtime’s The Affair) stars alongside Knightley as the novelist’s husband, Henry Gauthier-Villars, who took credit for her Claudine novels under his pen name, ‘Willy.’ The film follows Colette’s endeavors to escape her husband’s control early in her literary career as she emerges in Belle Epoque Parisian society.
Along with directing the historical drama, Westmoreland also co-wrote the script with British playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida) and the late Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and directed Still Alice with Westmoreland. The film also features actors Fiona Shaw (The Hippopotamus), Denise Gough (BBC miniseries Paula), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) and Aiysha Hart (Line of Duty).
Colette made its debut on January 20, 2018 at Sundance Film Festival; a traditional theater release is expected sometime in 2018. Until details on an official release date are revealed, Knightley fans can keep an eye out for the British actress as Rachael Morgan in the World War II pic, The Aftermath, as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and in Berlin, I Love You – all heading to theaters in 2018.