Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

All week we have been looking at great actor/director partnerships to celebrate the return of Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski with The Lone Ranger.

And it is a British pair that we are focusing on today, in the form of Keira Knightley and Joe Wright.

Knightley and Wright worked together for the first time back in 2005 and they have made three movies together so far.

Pride and Prejudice was that first project as Wright made his feature film directorial debut with this movie.

It was a big screen adaptation of the much love Jane Austen novel, and saw Knightley take on the central role of Elizabeth Bennett.

Wright modern day filmmaking brought a very fresh feel to this well told story, while Knightley was perfectly cast as Elizabeth.

Wright delivered a movie that you find yourself slightly more emotionally invested in than ever before. and that made it engaging from start to finish.

It was to be THE major role of Knightley's career at that point as she picked up a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her central performance.

Just two years later Knightley and Wright reunited for another book adaptation... this time it was Ian McEwan's Atonement that got the big screen treatment.

Knightley played Cecilia Tallis in the film and this marked her move from playing girls to women.

Wright remained incredibly faithful to the much love novel and yet he brought some of the images from the book to life in such a captivating way.

The beaches of Dunkirk are scenes that really do stand out as this is one of the most powerful parts of the movie.

Fans of the book can be satisfied that this story was in great hands, while the movie brought the book to a whole new audience. It really is one of the best literary adaptations of recent years.

Knightley and Wright both went off and had success with other projects, before coming together again last year for Anna Karenina.

Wright took a rather bold and stylised approach to the adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy; while that may not be to everyone's taste it was a brave move.

He mixed film with more of a theatre feel - I happen to think that it was all done rather well.

Knightley took on the title role of Anna Karenina, who sees her world turn upside down when she begins an affair.

Wright is the kind of director that always seems to bring the best of out Knightley as an actress. I personally hope to see them work together again very soon.

The Lone Ranger is released 9th August.

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