Do you know that Keira Knightley filmed a few of her finest films earlier than she turned 20? The British actress shot her Star Wars: Episode I position, Bend It Like Beckham, the primary Pirates of the Caribbean, Delight & Prejudice and Love Truly all earlier than getting into her twenties. Wanting again, the casting director of the latter Christmas basic admits looking back that the actress was too younger to play her famed position of Juliet.
As you might recall, in 2003’s Love Truly, Keira Knightley performs a newly married younger girl to Chiwetel Ejifor’s Peter. Because the film progresses, we study that Peter’s finest man Mark, performed by Andrew Lincoln, is secretly in love with Juliet and makes it recognized by a romantic second involving a boombox and cue playing cards. Ejiofor is eight years older than Knightley, while Lincoln is 12 years older than her. Right here’s what Love Truly casting director Fiona Weir not too long ago mentioned concerning the topic:
In an interview with The Messenger, Weir shared her ideas on Knightley taking part in her Love Truly position on the age of 18. Wanting again, the casting director mentioned the actress was “too younger” for the half, however she received over director Richard Curtis as a result of her “open, joyous high quality” that the filmmaker wished for the position of Juliet. Weir thinks the casting “labored” and stays plausible because the film celebrates its 20-year anniversary.
Knightley had the chance to be a part of one of the iconic scenes in fashionable film historical past with the casting, this, after all, referring to the second Andrew Lincoln’s Mark exhibits up outdoors her door with cue playing cards expressing his love for her. (The film is presently obtainable to stream with a Netflix subscription.) Knightley is maybe believably older than 18 within the film, however in actuality, it’s fairly unlikely an 18-year-old at the present time can be newly married, and the actress was amongst a few of the youngest forged members in Love Truly.
Knightley made Love Truly simply forward of the actress heading off to the Caribbean to movie the primary entry of Disney’s Pirates franchise, The Curse of the Black Pearl. Weir shared that the Home of Mouse “wished to whisk her off,” however the Love Truly manufacturing did “fairly a little bit of intelligent scheduling” to verify she might play Juliet earlier than going off to co-star reverse Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow within the 2003 hit.
Because the Christmas season quickly kicks off, you possibly can take a look at the 2023 Christmas film schedule and browse up on Keira Knightley’s subsequent Christmas-themed challenge, Netflix’s Black Doves.