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Saturday 23 September 2017

Keira: Work with Joe feels Wright

Keira Knightley is happy to work with Joe Wright again
Keira Knightley is happy to work with Joe Wright again

Keira Knightley has said working with director Joe Wright on Anna Karenina will be "like going back to family".

The Oscar-nominated star has worked with Joe on Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, along with some big-budget Chanel adverts, and the pair are reuniting for the upcoming adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.

Keira, who takes on the title role, said: "I'm very lucky. I'm about to start Anna Karenina with Joe in a week and we've done two other films and about three adverts together so it's like going back to family, it's lovely."

The British actress will play troubled psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein in David Cronenberg's new film A Dangerous Method, which also stars Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung.

And speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, Keira revealed she managed to have fun with her co-stars despite the heavy subject matter.

"We did have so much fun. I think partly because it was so dark you have to have a nice time afterwards, otherwise it would be too depressing.

"Also I know that some people talk about acting as therapy. I don't necessarily agree with that, it's not what I do, but it is definitely cathartic. And the fact that with me particularly going to a very dark place with this role you get it all out during the day and have a really nice time afterwards."

She said of her character: "I think she's an extraordinary woman and it's an amazing story. I knew nothing about her and the fact that she went from being a very troubled person who was completely trapped within herself to being taken out of that and coming up with ideas that inspired minds like Freud and Jung is an extraordinary thing."

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