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Keira Knightley in Talks to Star in My Fair Lady Remake

Columbia Pictures is looking to put together a new version of My Fair Lady, with Keira Knightley reportedly in talks to star as Eliza Doolittle. ComingSoon has more from the statement issued by Columbia today:

The new film will use the original songs of the much-loved Broadway show, and will not alter its 1912 setting, but Kenworthy and Mackintosh intend where possible to shoot the film on location in the original London settings of Covent Garden, Drury Lane, Tottenham Court Road, Wimpole Street, and Ascot racecourse. The filmmaking team will also look to adapt Alan Jay Lerner's book more fully for the screen by drawing additional material from Pygmalion — George Bernard Shaw's play that served as the source material for the musical — in order to dramatize as believably as possible for present-day audiences the emotional highs and lows of Eliza Doolittle as she undergoes the ultimate makeover.

Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad added, "The classic story of a flower girl transformed into an instant sensation couldn't be more timely in a contemporary world obsessed with overnight celebrity." Huh. Interesting thought. I guess.

I gotta say, I have some major mixed feelings about this. Most of all, I don't see the point. What do you think about a new My Fair Lady movie?


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macneil macneil 9 years
I adore the original, but yeah of course I want to see this! Proper Covent Garden locations and a brand new (well...) musical to see at the movies!
yeokr yeokr 9 years
austerity - they may be more distinct from each other now, but when natalie was in the star wars prequels and keira played her lady-in-waiting (along with sofia coppola, btw!) /double, they were indistinguishable. i read an interview that said even their own mothers couldn't tell them apart in makeup! i agree with chihaz, this has a lot of potential.
austerity austerity 9 years
Keira would be great for this role. She is beautiful but coarse, and that defines Eliza Doolittle. Chihaz: Are you sure she looks like Natalie Portman? I don't think so at all. They're both beautiful but Natalie is more classy and feminine where Keira is a bit more rough and tomboy-ish. And I don't think their faces resemble at all though they're both beautiful.
Chihaz Chihaz 9 years
It's driving me crazy that so many people are saying "no, not Keira! Natalie Portman looks like Audrey Hepburn." I'm a fan of all three (I worship Audrey Hepburn -- I've read like three biographies and own even more), but Jesus. Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley are practically identical. One of Keira Knightley's first major roles was playing Natalie Portman's double in Star Wars Episode I, for Christ's sakes. And if either of them looks more like Audrey, it's Keira. Both Audrey and Keira have that distinctive edge. Natalie Portman is perfectly beautiful, she doesn't have that unusual extra something to make her like Audrey in my eyes. Just go to and combine Keira and Natalie's faces and see if you can pick out the distinct features of both from one another. But all that aside, I think everyone who's against this movie doesn't know what they're talking about and needs to go do some research. For one thing Audrey didn't sing for herself (Keira IS singing for herself in her new movie, The Edge of Love and she's not half bad -- just go check it out on youtube). For another, My Fair Lady is not as iconic as all that; it didn't have much social resonance. It's not like they're remaking Breakfast at Tiffany's or Citizen Kane or Gone with the Wind. Yes, the original is a charming, entertaining film, but it can certainly be refreshed and improved upon in a very interesting way. Also, the comment about it being relevant to overnight celebrity is an interesting aspect to consider. I say open up and give this idea a bit of a chance! It's not the worst thing that could happen to Hollywood (that's Jessica Simpson, and she already happened).
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i am so bored of keira knightley! she gets all the period movie roles, it seems. why on earth would they remake this movie?especially with the same setting, songs, etc?! why?
greylady greylady 9 years
I adore Keira but come on! A remake of an Audrey Hepburn classic? That's like blasphemy. And please, could she maybe do a film that isn't a period piece for once?
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
Wha?! It's impossible to remake an Academy Award winning film, especially one in which Audrey sings! And I'm sick of remakes (like Footloose- come on!)
berrypeachie berrypeachie 9 years
Hollywood is so unoriginal these days. Keira Knightly should stop doing remakes. Audrey Hepburn for the world!
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 9 years
HOW COULD THEY?! My Fair Lady is one of the greatest movies ever made. How on earth could they remake it?
Edie-J-Blige Edie-J-Blige 9 years
My Fair Lady was a hollywood favorite, but I don't feel the need to see it again in version 2.0 -- they got it right the first time. Why don't they just do pygmalion? There would be no singing...oh lord please don't let that girl sing.
amkc amkc 9 years
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I've been listening to the soundtrack nonstop since I was little, and I just saw it two weeks ago live - they CANNOT do this. The film doesn't need to be remade! And NOT with Keira. What is her appeal? She keeps getting work. She's not that good an actress.
misshouston misshouston 9 years
Juicylemon Juicylemon 9 years
My Fair lady is one my favorite movies of all time. I don't think it needs to be remade.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
DaniCalifornia - I agree with you about Natalie Portman resembling Audrey, she would be a great choice if they ever did a movie about Audrey's life. But Keira isn't portraying Audrey, she is playing Eliza Doolittle (which I still think is not necessarily a great casting choice). Julie Andrews played the original Eliza Doolittle on Broadway and Audrey doesn't look anything like her.
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I don't always like the idea of remakes, but sometimes they turn out great when they are updated - look at Ocean's 11! I think she is a good choice for the role. I don't know if she can sing, but she has such a similar build to Audrey.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
aN after, rather.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Katie C, I think you mean Rex Harrison. lol I am also in the camp of thinking Natalie Portman is the only acceptable Audrey remake choice, but I don't know if I could believe in her as the "before". She is so quintessentially as "after" ;)
yeokr yeokr 9 years
DaniCalifornia - i see your point about natalie portman being a more acceptable remake of audrey hepburn, but as is the case with musicians covering songs, what is the point if you aren't doing something different? i enjoy keira knightley a lot and i also really love the my fair lady story. my only objection is in echoing the earlier fear of re-making professor henry higgins. i grew up on rex harrison's performance in this movie and in the original dr. dolittle. i adore him. ultimately, i am very interested in this project and cannot wait to hear more. keira has recently been discovered as a feasible singer (in the edge of love?) but her interview said she did not want to ever sing again, so this will be interesting.
DaniCalifornia DaniCalifornia 9 years
I love Keira, and I think she's a great actress. So, as far as acting the part goes, I definitely think she could do this. However. She doesn't look like Audrey Hepburn. If they want to get someone who can act and look like Audrey, they need to get Natalie Portman.
katie_c katie_c 9 years
my fair lady was done right and fine with audrey hepburn and george harrison. it doesn't need a remake. no thank you. boo to keira.
fashionista119 fashionista119 9 years
My Fair Lady simply does not need to be remade. And I really like Keira, but she is no Audrey Hepburn.
emalove emalove 9 years
I agree that it shouldn't be remade, but everything is these I'd probably see it. I love the original and I love Keira.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Um, NO.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
And is it just me or would it be a crime to hire anyone besides Judi Dench to play Mrs. Higgins? What an agreeable surprise this has been! ;)
amyellyo amyellyo 9 years
I would probably watch it, but nobody can replace Audrey!
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