After earning raves for her performance at Sundance, the first trailer for Keira Knightley’s biopic “Colette” has arrived.
Based on the true story of ghost writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a young woman with a husband who is a successful writer, “Colette” charts her rise as the meek country wife of a successful author (played by Dominic West) to a liberated woman challenging societal and gender expectations of the late 1890s in France.
In the film, Colette writes a groundbreaking novel that takes all of Paris by storm, but it is her husband Willy who gets all the accolades after the book is published under his pen name. Pushed to keep the secret and the lucrative stories coming, Willy becomes a tyrant, at one point locking her in a room and forcing her to write. Struggling to break free from his control and take creative ownership of her works, Gabrielle charts a course towards empowerment with the help of a forbidden affair.
No stranger to period dramas, Knightley’s performance has already earned her early Oscar-buzz. With two acting nominations to her name for “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Imitation Game”, “Colette” could be the performance to earn her a third nod and possibly finally take a little gold man home.
Directed by Wash Westmorland, who directed Julianne Moore to an Oscar win in “Still Alice”, “Colette” will open in theatres on Sept. 21.