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Keira Knightley May Be New 'Fair Lady'

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Columbia Pictures is reportedly set to remake the classic musical "My Fair Lady" as a star vehicle for Keira Knightley.

According to Variety, Duncan Kenworthy ("Love Actually") and London theater giant Cameron Mackintosh, with CBS Films, rights-holder to the Lerner & Loewe musical, serving as co-producer.

The trade paper says that the musical's original score will remain intact, as will the 1912 setting, but producers hope to shoot on as many actual locations as possible, rather than the soundstages that provided the backdrop for the Oscar-winning 1964 film.

George Cukor's "My Fair Lady" won the best picture Oscar in 1965 and also picked up seven other wins including one for Rex Harrison's performance as Henry Higgins, a professor determined to make a flower girl into a respectable lady. Audrey Hepburn played the flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, in the film, but her singing voice was provided by Marni Nixon.

The Variety story says that Alan Jay Lerner's book will be fleshed out with additional material from George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," but it doesn't say whether or not Knightley will be doing her own singing.

Knightley is no stranger to tackling roles previously association with other actors, picking up an Oscar nomination as the latest in a long line of "Pride & Prejudice" Elizabeth Bennetts. The actress was most recently seen in "Atonement" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

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