Yes, we've finally got more news about the John Keats film, Bright Star, that has been brewing since 2006, and I'm happy to say that this isn't just some casting notice that might, or might not, come to fruition. Jane Campion's film about the famous poet has finally begun production in the UK, and has got two more cast members. Variety reports that Paul Schneider and Kerry Fox will be joining Ben Whishaw, who already signed on to play Keats, and Abbie Cornish, who is taking on the role of the poet's muse -- Fanny Brawne.
Schneider, who wrote and starred in All the Real Girls, and more recently had stints in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Lars and the Real Girl, will play Keats' best friend, Charles Armitage Brown. Fox, meanwhile, who played Juliet in Shallow Grave, is playing Fanny's mother. The film deals with the last three years of Keats' life, and his love for Brawne. She was the girl next door, who had a troubled relationship with the poet until his death at the age of 25 (from tuberculosis). With this cast and story, I expect a lot of poetry and good things.
The film is set to be released sometime next year.