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Keira Knightley to Star in Never Let Me Go


Variety has announced one of Keira Knightley's next projects — a movie titled Never Let Me Go. And yet, even though the movie's plot description is completely the same as that of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel by the same title, neither Ishiguro nor the novel is mentioned in the article, as though the film is not an adaptation of this book. Hmmm . . .

Produced by Fox Searchlight, the film is described as a sci-fi thriller revolving "around a trio who grew up in a boarding school with no contact or knowledge of the outside world until they discover they are clones grown for the sole purpose of organ donation." That definitely matches the plot of the never-mentioned book, so I have to assume they're related somehow.

If so, I'm picturing Knightley as Kathy H., the reflective main character. She's thoughtful and wistful — both characteristics I associate with Knightley — and the sci-fi elements of the book are relatively subtle, so it shouldn't pull Knightley too far out of her comfort zone. I thought the book told a beautiful and haunting story, but I'm not 100 percent sold on it as a movie — what about you? If you've read the book, could you see Knightley in the role?

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cordata cordata 7 years
PSHe is seriously a wonderful writer
cordata cordata 7 years
PS He is seriously a wonderful writer
cordata cordata 7 years
I LOVE Kazuo! I wrote my undergrad thesis on him.It is definitely NOT the island. He's a beautiful, beautiful writer. "Remains of the Day" and "The Unconsoled" are my favorite books of his.If they ripped off his idea, they'd better be paying him royalties.PSKazuo Ishiguro's new book, "Nocturnes" comes out in May
cordata cordata 7 years
I LOVE Kazuo! I wrote my undergrad thesis on him. It is definitely NOT the island. He's a beautiful, beautiful writer. "Remains of the Day" and "The Unconsoled" are my favorite books of his. If they ripped off his idea, they'd better be paying him royalties. PS Kazuo Ishiguro's new book, "Nocturnes" comes out in May
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 7 years
This movie has already been made. It was called "The Island," starred Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johannsen, and bombed in America. Ring a bell to anyone else?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Keira's so talented she can handle anything. And it is nice not to see her in a period piece.
ragincajun67 ragincajun67 7 years
Nevaeh1978: I don't think that they are really related. I think it is just that they both feature young folks sequestered away and pampered, but they only exist for others' benefit--but I haven't read NLMG yet.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
They mentioned this book in relation to DollHouse? How is it related?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Wait, you mean she's not playing a prudish British girl from the 19th or early 20th century? Shocking.
ragincajun67 ragincajun67 7 years
I JUST bought this book because I read an interview where Joss Whedon and Tahmoh Penikett mentioned it in relation to Dollhouse. What weird timing.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
I was gonna say, sounds a lot like The Island...but nevermind :D
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
I was gonna say, sounds a lot like The Island... but nevermind :D
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Everyone keeps mentioning The Island - the book came out the same year as that movie, so it is NOT a knockoff. And The Island was a big budget special effects movie, and this book is NOT the same.
wahooha wahooha 7 years
I mean, though of her
wahooha wahooha 7 years
I mean, though of her
wahooha wahooha 7 years
She is the perfect actress for this movie. When i was reading the book, thought her. PERFECT CASTING
wahooha wahooha 7 years
She is the perfect actress for this movie. When i was reading the book, thought her. PERFECT CASTING
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 7 years
The book is absolutely devastating – I never imagined they’d make a movie out of it, esp in the wake of the more big-budget action mess that was The Island.Part of me would prefer they kept away from the novel – its so subtle and rich, which is Ishiguro’s style.But yeah, its very very odd that the article doesn’t even mention the novel at all. Very suspicious.
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 7 years
The book is absolutely devastating – I never imagined they’d make a movie out of it, esp in the wake of the more big-budget action mess that was The Island. Part of me would prefer they kept away from the novel – its so subtle and rich, which is Ishiguro’s style. But yeah, its very very odd that the article doesn’t even mention the novel at all. Very suspicious.
rossy rossy 7 years
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this done already as the Ewan McGregor film, "The Island"?
ivygreene ivygreene 7 years
It'll be interesting to see how they differentiate this movie from bringing to many parallels from The Island.
gaucholoco gaucholoco 7 years
A quick Google search reveals that it's on Time's 100 All-Time novels list (1923-2005). Given that "Never Let Me Go" came out in the same year as this list it seems likely they just wanted a representative from that year. That said, it still seems interesting enough to queue up on the reading list
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