It's certainly not the longest pre-production stretch, but one has to wonder why they wouldn't have just officially offered her the part and moved forward. Were the My Fair Lady powers that be unsure of her in the gig? That seems likely. While names like Wright and Danny Boyle circled the director's spot, John Madden stuck. And as for the lead role -- actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway may have led rumors, but focus has remained on British actresses. So who leads the rumor mill now? One of the front-runners is said to be Carey Mulligan -- a name that's been gaining a lot of clout after her performance in An Education.
Knightley, Mulligan, or someone else? The plan is to start production later this year, so they better figure it all out soon.