Keira Knightley has withdrawn herself from consideration from the role of Eliza Doolittle in the new film adaptation of “My Fair Lady” reports The Daily Mail.
Knightley was never officially offered the part, but has been unofficially linked to the role for some time after meetings with the producers Cameron Mackintosh and Duncan Kenworthy.
The reason for her departure is that she apparently felt that the project was taking too long to get off the ground.
John Madden (“Shakespeare In Love,” “The Debt”) has signed on to direct the film with various names popping up as candidates, the latest being the likes of Carey Mulligan, Gemma Arterton and Emily Blunt.
Filming on “My Fair Lady” is expected to begin on locations in London later in the year.