Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) is in advanced talks to star in biopic Colette, written by Still Alice team Wash Westmoreland and the late Richard Glatzer.
Westmoreland is set to direct the feature from Carol producers Number 9 Films and Killer Films.
Nightcrawler and Whiplash backers Bold Films will finance and co-produce the English-language title, marking the company’s first foray into the UK. Filming is due to commence in May in Budapest.
HanWay Films, which is on a roll following Oscar-nominations for Brooklyn, Carol and Anomalisa, will handle world sales. Additional casting is underway.
Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon (Carol, Still Alice) produce for Killer Films and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley (Carol, Made in Dagenham) will produce for Number 9, which is currently in post-production on Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem and Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half.