From Colette to Pride & Prejudice, Keira Knightley, the reigning queen of period-dramas, is back to effortlessly nail yet another historic role.
Taking on the role of Cora in a TV adaptation of The Essex Serpent, the novel-turned-show will be produced by See-Saw Films, best known for it's work on The King's Speech, according to Deadline.
Based on the book of the same name, the story is set near the end of the 19th-century, and follows Cora Seaborne, a young widow and keen amateur paleontologist. She leaves London for Aldwinter, Essex, to investigate a mythical creature wreaking havoc in the Blackwater estuary.
Once there, she meets the local rector, William Ransome, who becomes both her love interest and sparring partner—he is devoted to religion, she to science. The story becomes a Gothic tale of murder, romance, and fossil hunting that’s sure to have you holding your breath.
Aside from The Essex Serpent, Knightley is also set to time-travel to the ’20s in the upcoming months, to play an elegant stenographer named Odalie in the Hulu series based on Suzanne Rindell’s The Other Typist.
Against the backdrop of downtown Manhattan at the height of Prohibition, the plot follows Odalie and 'prudish' fellow typist Rose, who work together in an NYPD station on the Lower East Side. As Rose becomes more intrigued with Odalie’s fashionable way of life, she becomes deeply obsessed with her newfound companion in a way similar to 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The Essex Serpent is yet to have a confirmed release date on Apple TV+.