Keira Knightley will play 18th century aristocrat Lady Georgiana Spencer, the fifth Duchess of Devonshire, in Saul Dibb’s “The Duchess” for Pathe and BBC Films reports Keiraweb.
Adapted from Amanda Foreman’s best-selling biography, Georgiana lived an extravagant and promiscuous lifestyle of gambling, romance and political intrigue. She became an important power player amongst England’s ruling elite.
Georgiana is also an ancestor to the late Lady Diana Spencer. Jeffrey Hatcher penned the script, and shooting begins in October.