The Crown outfit Left Bank Pictures is producing the dramedy, currently in production, which is set against the backdrop of the 1970 Miss World competition in London, hosted by Bob Hope. The newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the beauty contest. When the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favorite but Miss Grenada — the first black woman to be crowned Miss World.
Knightley leads cast with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Loreece Harrison and Phyllis Logan. As we revealed yesterday, Suki Waterhouse will play Miss USA. Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls) is directing. Screenplay comes from Rebecca Frayn with revisions by Gaby Chiappe.