Keira Knightley May Have An Affair With 'Anna Karenina'

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Keira Knightley has become rather renowned for her ability to slip into critically-acclaimed costume pieces.

She's played pirates and duchesses, she's done Jane Austen and she's had her heart broken twice in World War 2. 

Now, she's now the top contender to take the lead in Joe Wright’s adaptation of 'Anna Karenina,' according to the Daily Mail. Based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, it's the story of a Russian noblewoman, who falls in love with the dashing Count Vronsky and out of love with her husband. Her love affair with Vronsky costs Anna her child, her place in society and eventually her sanity.

It's not unlike Knightley's role of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, only it ends much, much worse.

"Anna Karenina" has been adapted for the screen a number of times. Anna is one of those wonderfully tragic and complicated characters every actress wants to play. Knightley would certainly be perfect for the role, as she's particularly adept at playing troubled and trapped women.

And this would be no cheap adaptation. The screenplay is being penned by the brilliant Tom Stoppard and Wright is no slouch as a director. Wright and Knightley also work beautifully together, as evidenced by both "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement," two of the actress' most acclaimed roles. He undoubtedly would be able to win another fine performance out of her.

For now, though, it's merely speculation. Wright has a number of projects on his plate – including actioner "Hanna," out in April, and an adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" – and hasn't committed to directing, nor has Knightley signed to star.

But let's hope the stars align on this one, as we'd like to see Knightley tackle another literary classic, if only to see her decked out in all those skirts and corsets. She just makes them seem so cool and comfortable.