〉 The Oscar-nominated actress is the first to join the drama, based on the 1995 novel Sights Unseen.
The Imitation Game’s Keira Knightley is set to star in BREATHING WATER, an adaptation of the 1995 novel Sights Unseen written by New York Times best-selling author Kaye Gibbons. Bobby Garabedian is set to direct, and will share writing duties with Judith Barrett Lawson and Adam Simon.
Lawson will also produce alongside Electric City Entertainment’s Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, and Derek Iger. Elkin Antoniou will is producing through Liquid Worldwide.
The story centers on Hattie, who in a flashback, describes the summer and fall of 1967, when she was 12 and living in Bend of the River, North Carolina. When her beautiful, psychotically volatile mother, Maggie, was temporarily committed to the psychiatric ward at Duke University. A near-miracle occurs: for the first time in nearly two decades, Maggie becomes stabilized on medication. And, for the first time in her life, Hattie experiences a mother who relates to, touches and cares for her.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actress has multiple projects in the works, including the crime thriller Candy Store, co-starring Robert De Niro, and has been rumored as a potential lead in an upcoming Princess Diana biopic. She is currently filming Collateral Beauty with Kate Winslet and Will Smith.
Gibbons is the author of eight novels, including her acclaimed debut Ellen Foster. That novel, published in 1987, and the follow up A Virtuous Woman, were both selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 1998. Sights Unseen, originally published in 1995, was re-issued in 2005.
Electric City’s credits include the Ryan Reynolds gambling pic Mississippi Grind, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, and Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines. Liquid Worldwide is a production company with a focus in humanitarian causes. The company produced the 2004 Academy Award nominated short Most.
Knightley is repped by CAA, United Agents, and MGMT Entertainment.
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