Pirates of the Caribbean’s Elizabeth Swan will be making her debut on her very first Broadway stage in the adaption of Helen Edmundson’s classic 1867 novel, Therese Raquin, which has been adapted by Emile Zola around fall next year.
The stage adaption will be directed by Evan Cabnet and the show will open on October 29th next year.
Knightley being casted in this new theatrical show is seen as a bonus to the Roundabout Theater Company as this will also kick off the company’s 50th Anniversary. Knightley was chosen for having successful theatrical appearances in London’s West End in The Misanthrope and Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour.
It’s also useful to know that the actress was looking for a role to take to the Broadway stage to further her career.
The main plot of the French classic, adapted onto the stage deals Therese Raquin, a woman trapped in a marriage to her cousin. Her life is irrevocably changed when she enters into a torrid affair with a friend of her husband’s, which compels them to commit a violent crime that will prove as damaging to the perpetrators as it is to its victim.
Emile Zola being chosen to adapt the novel into a stage worthy script was a wise choice as Zola is known for having a knack for this kind of task. Responsible for the brilliantly successful novel to stage adaptions of Anna Karina, War and Peace and other classical novels, it’s practically guaranteed that Therese Raquin will have a long stay on Broadway.
Keira Knightley’s other Broadway colleagues are yet to be announced, along with the venue for the show.
The actress does have two movies coming up, one opening this week where she stars alongside Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell in Laggies. Knightley will also star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game which premieres on November 21st.