‘Colette’ Trailer: Keira Knightley Stars as the Nobel Prize-Winning Author

Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game) stars in the period drama Colette, based on true events. The full trailer focuses on Keira Knightley as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the ghostwriter of an incredibly successful novel released under her husband’s name. She’s urged by friends to reveal she’s the true author of the book, Claudine, and her decision to do so becomes a turning point in history for females in literature.

In addition to Keira Knightley, the cast includes Dominic West (The Affair), Denise Gough (Guerrilla), Fiona Shaw (the Harry Potter film franchise), Robert Pugh (Mr Selfridge), and Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen). Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice) directed from a screenplay by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

The behind the scenes team includes director of photography Giles Nuttgens, editor Lucia Zucchetti, production designer Michael Carlin, and costume designer Andrea Flesch. The film’s executive produced by Mary Burke, Peter Hampden, Norman Merry, and Svetlana Metkina.

Bleecker Street and 30West are set to release Colette in theaters on September 21, 2018. Expect to see the film, and Keira Knightley’s performance in particular, generate a lot of buzz closer to year-end awards season.

The Plot: After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation.

After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

Colette Poster
Poster for ‘Colette’ starring Keira Knightley.