Sunday, 18 September 2016

Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård in talks for Aftermath

Keira Knightley may have worked with Stellan Skarsgård in King Arthur (2004) and Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (2007), but the actress has never acted alongside the Swedish actor's eldest son, Alexander (True Blood). That is soon set to change, with news arriving via Deadline that the pair are in talks to star in period drama, The Aftermath.

Rhidian Brook's bestselling novel was the centre of a fierce bidding war, according to Deadline, but it is Fox Searchlight who have come out on top with the next film from Testament Of Youth (2014) director, James Kent.

Set in post-World War II Germany, the book follows the plight of Rachael Morgan and her British colonel husband – the man tasked with rebuilding Hamburg. But the pair find themselves in the rather unconventional position of having to share their new home with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter, with Deadline going on to explain how "in this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal".

Ridley Scott's Scott Free will produce Aftermath, with Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Race) on scripting duties.

Knightley can next be seen opposite Will Smith (I Am Legend) in Collateral Beauty and as the titular Colette for Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice), with Skarsgård next in Duncan Jones' (Source Dode) Mute, which is currently in pre-production.

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