The script written by Kristina Lauren Anderson, who was on the 2014 Hit List and the Black List, will follow the life of the Russian Empress. Catherine the Great (born Sophia Augusta Frederika) became empress when her husband was assassinated. She ruled from 1762 to 1786 and went down in history as a ruler who modernized the Russian empire. Specifically, the will focus on Catherine in her younger years when she was trapped in an abusive marriage.
Knightley starred in Everest with Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal last year. She received an Oscar nod for her role in The Imitation Game and recently signed on to star in Collateral Beauty with Will Smith, Kate Winslet, and Helen Mirren.
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