Keira Knightley in talks for My Fair Lady remake

Keira Knightley is in talks to take on the role of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in Columbia Pictures update of My Fair Lady – which reportedly will keep the original musical’s score and setting.

Variety reports Columbia has yet to confirm any casting on the film. The update is being produced by Duncan Kenworthy (Love Actually) and Cameron Mackintosh. CBS Films (which still owns the film rights to the Lerner & Loewe musical) are set to co-produce the update with Sony set to distribute the film.

While the film is described as an update, producers have said the new version will retain the original musical’s score and it would be set in 1912.

Producers are also looking at shooting the picture at the original London settings – including Covent Garden, Drury Lane, the Ascot racecourse.

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