John Curran is set to direct The Beautiful and the Damned, a Film Department period drama that will star Keira Knightley. Variety says the film begins production in March.
Hanna Weg’s script concerns the turbulent marriage of alcoholic writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his mercurial wife Zelda Sayre, who was schizophrenic. The tempestuous relationship, which unfolded in the high society of the Roaring ’20s, inspired some of the novelist’s works.
Curran previously directed The Painted Veil and We Don’t Live Here Anymore.
Knightley will play Sayre in the film, which reportedly had Nick Cassavetes as its director last September. He fell out along the way.