Keira Knightley Signs As My Fair Lady
I am the last person to admit this, but Keira Knightley can sing.
Or at least she can fake it well as a 1940s lounge singer. So maybe there is hope for her as triple-thread Eliza Doolittle in the latest update of My Fair Lady.
The George Bernard Shaw stage play-turned-Lerner and Loewe musical adaptation is a staple of worldwide entertainment. The story is centered around a cockney flower girl’s immersion into high society under the tutelage of pompous Professor Higgins, who Empire reports will be played by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice).
Knightley has some big shoes to fill. In 1956, the Broadway debut with Julie Andrews broke box office records and in 1964, the film version starring Audrey Hepburn garnered eight Oscars. And we all know her shrill voice was dubbed.
But to our shock and dismay, Knightley’s voice will be entirely her own. She is allegedly taking lessons, according to Empire. Just you wait!
My Fair Lady, produced by Duncan Kenworthy (Love Actually), co-developed by Columbia Pictures and CBS Films, and scripted by Emma Thompson, is scheduled for release in 2010.
Wouldn’t it be loverly?