Keira Knightley in Talks to Play Catherine the Great in Barbra Streisand-Directed Film

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Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to play Catherine the Great in an upcoming film directed by Barbra Streisand.

This isn't recent news, however, although the press didn't grab wind of it until recently. It was last year when Keira Knightley first met with Streisand to discuss the project. The Hollywood Reporter says talks are progressing slowly.

Catherine the Great was born Sophia Augusta Fredericka, and wound up the longest-ruling female ruler of Russia. The as-yet unnamed biopic will follow her life, including her marriage to abusive husband Emperor Peter III, and her eventual rise to power.

This biopic will mark the fourth film directed by Barbra Streisand.

In addition to this possible upcoming role, Keira Knightley has starred in The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Imitation Game, Anna Karenina, and Pride & Prejudice. She recently joined the cast of Collateral Beauty alongside Helen Mirren, Will Smith, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris, and Michael Pena.

Can you imagine Keira Knightley in this role as Catherine the Great? She has certainly proven herself in period films.

Fans will have to wait until December 17, however, as it's not slated to hit the big screen until then.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.