Production Of 'The Essex Serpent' Halted After Keira Knightley Exits Project Over 'Child Care Concerns'

Post by: Rick Ellis 10 October, 2020
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Production on the upcoming Apple TV+ project The Essex Serpent has reportedly been shut down, after star Keira Knightley exited the project, citing "child care concerns."

The project was set to begin filming in six weeks.

Based on a novel by Sarah Perry of the same name, The Essex Serpent is set in 1893 and details the story of a widow called Cora (played by Knightley) who moves to Essex after an abusive relationship. The character then becomes engrossed in rumors of a mythical serpent that is said to still roam the Essex area. Knightley was also one of the producers of the project.

Knightley and husband James Righton have two daughters:  5-year-old Edie and one-year-old Delilah. A representative for the actress told the Daily Mail that she "had to unfortunately pull out' of the project for family reasons'." 

The spokesman said that because Covid cases were increasing in the UK – and additional lockdown and restriction rules are potentially being imposed – "there wasn't a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of childcare required for the four-and-a-half-month production."

According to the Daily Mail, her role will be recast.