Keira Knightley to Star in Never Let Me Go

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Source: Variety
March 2, 2009

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.

The film is set to shoot in April in London and Norfolk, England.

I liked Romanek's 'One Hour Photo' and it's great to see Keira making something other than a period piece.
Keira Knightley in a film that ISN'T a period piece? Holy ****, what's the occasion?
God bless Keira though. at least she's trying not to do commercial crappy movies.
If Kiera were a little thicker, I'd never let her go! :D

This sounds like a project worth keeping an eye on. I like cloning as a general theme, so I'm hoping this turns out to be good.
maybe a sci fi period piece....... in space :eek:
Keira Knightley in a film that ISN'T a period piece? Holy ****, what's the occasion?
its funny just yesterday i checked her imdb to see what she's doing next and like none of her upcoming movies are period pieces

Never Let Me Go Begins Principal Photography
Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures
April 14, 2009

DNA Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Film4 announced that principal photography on Never Let Me Go commenced today in the UK. The film stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough. Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) directs, with Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) adapting the screenplay from critically acclaimed author Kazuo Ishiguro's novel; both also serve as executive producers. Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are producing for DNA Films where the project was developed.

"We are delighted to be shooting this special project, which Alex Garland first brought to us before the book's publication in 2005," said Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA Films. "We could not be happier to have assembled such a remarkable cast and crew for this extraordinary story."

"From the moment I finished the novel, it became my dream to film it. Ishiguro's conception is so daring -- so eerie and beautiful. Alex Garland's adaptation is sensitive and precise. The cast is perfect. The crew, superb. I am deeply grateful to be working with DNA Films, Film4, and my friends at Fox Searchlight on this exceptional project," said director Mark Romanek.

"We are thrilled once again to be working with director Mark Romanek and the fantastic producing team at DNA on this haunting, emotionally moving love story," said Fox Searchlight COO’s Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula. "We look forward to seeing Kazuo Ishiguro's elegant prose brought to life by such an immensely talented cast and director."

"We're all so excited at Film4 to be supporting this film - the script, the cast, the director, the crew and the producers at DNA - every element of the project feels absolutely right. And the fact that all of this stems from one of recent history's most magnificent novels - a book that I've admired hugely since it was first published - makes us feel very lucky indeed," said Tessa Ross, Head of Film4 & Controller of Film and Drama, Channel 4.

Never Let Me Go is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of the same name. As children, Ruth (Keira Knightley), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

Never Let Me Go will shoot for 9 weeks in the UK on location.

1 rst review :

As someone who has always enjoyed Romanek's work I was very much looking forward to his latest film, not to mention it's been seven years since "One Hour Photo."

"Never Let Me Go" is more in the vein of Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men" meets a Merchant/Ivory film with romantic hints of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner."

I wasn't sure what I thought about this film while I was watching it.
Didn't exactly love it and sure as hell didn't hate it.

On first viewing the film, I wasn't sure about the tone and pace but upon thinking about it more and seeing how the film plays out, the slow intentions seem to pay off and will seemingly work even better on a second viewing -- which I think the whole film will also play better during.

To be honest, I haven't felt like I did walking out of the theater since seeing P.T. Anderson's "There Will Be Blood."

It's a film that doesn't spell everything out and asks the audience to listen and be patient for what ends up being a story that will make you question your own fate.

Hat's off to Romanek and company for making a subtle, disturbing, tragic, and beautiful film.

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