Never Let Me Go Lands Keira Knightley

According to reports, Keira Knightley will star in the upcoming film “Never Let Me Go”, a movie apparently about cloning (haven’t we already seen this a few times in the last couple of years?)

The good folks over at ComingSoon give us the following:

Keira Knightley will star in the sci-fi thriller Never Let Me Go for Fox Searchlight Pictures, reports Variety. Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) will direct the cloning-themed film, which will also star Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan. Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are producing through their London-based DNA Films. Alex Garland, who wrote the screenplay, is producing as well. Film 4 is also involved as a producer.

Ok, let’s put the whole cloning gimmick aside for a moment and talk about Keira Knightley. There are times when I think this woman is just complete dead weight in a movie. Movies like Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 and Domino were not just bad films… she was bad in them. No… horrible.

But then you catch her in something like The Duchess (not a very good film, but she was solid in it) or Atonement and she can blow you away. I’m starting to think that when you put her in anything other than a period piece where her lack of ability can be covered over by her natural accent and a good script, she’ll flop terribly. As a matter of fact, 2 of her upcoming projects (My Fair Lady and King Lear) put her once again in period pieces.

Or maybe she’s fantastic. We need to see her in more before we can really say.