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There isn’t anything particularly wrong with director Lynn Shelton’s resume of post-mumblecore dramedies, such as Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, which back up its quirky situations with strong characters and fitting tones. But no one is going to be mistaking them with Christopher Nolan movies anytime soon.
A couple of months ago, Anne Hathaway signed on as the lead in Shelton’s newest film, the dark comedy Laggies. Not long after that, she joined the upcoming production of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar. Now Entertainment Weekly reports Hathaway is having to drop out of Laggies due to scheduling issues. Not much is known about the plot or filming schedule for Nolan’s film, but we’ll assume it’ll be in constant secret production until its release late next year.
Luckily, Keira Knightley has immediately stepped into the vacated role, which makes a surprising lack of upcoming period dramas for the Anna Karenina star. She was also in Lorene Scafaria’s not-as-winning Seeking a Friend for the End of the World last year.
In Laggies, Knightley will play a woman in her late 20s who reacts to a marriage proposal from her boyfriend ( Scott Pilgrim vs. The World's Mark Webber), by lying about a work retreat and seeking guidance from a newly formed relationship with a 16-year-old girl, portrayed by Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass 2). Sam Rockwell also stars.
Knightley, who just married musician James Righton this past weekend, will next be seen in Kenneth Branagh’s take on Tom Clancy in Jack Ryan with Chris Pine, as well as John Carney’s music-centered dramedy Can a Song Save Your Life? with Mark Ruffalo.