Keira Knightley set for Fair role
Sep 12, 2009, 5:00 GMT
British actress Keira Knightley.The \'Pirates of the Caribbean\' actress is reportedly in negotiations to play Eliza Doolittle in Emma Thompson\'s adaptation of the classic rags-to-riches tale. EPA/WARREN TODA
Keira Knightley has been tipped to star in a new version of 'My Fair Lady'.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actress is reportedly in negotiations to play Eliza Doolittle in Emma Thompson's adaptation of the classic rags-to-riches tale.
Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson are also being considered for the role, which was originally played by Audrey Hepburn.
An insider said: "Keira and Scarlett are the only two real contenders and Keira's the favourite. She's the most natural Eliza people have seen.
"She has worked on her singing voice for a year and will get better and better."
The film's director Danny Boyle - who won an Academy Award for 'Slumdog Millionaire' earlier this year - is also believed to want Keira to get the part.
The 24-year-old actress is said to be "scared" about taking on such an iconic role, but excited about the challenge it would present.
Filming is expected to start late next year.