Last June Hugh Jackman signed up to star in Collateral Beauty, with Jason Segel and Rooney Mara soon joining. However, soon Jackman was out and Will Smith was in, and now it appears there’s been another casting shift, as THR reports Keira Knightley is taking on the role it seems was previously filled by Rooney Mara.
The film is about a New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined. The likes of Helen Mirren, Ed Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris are also attached to star.
THR adds that ‘One of the movie’s conceit concerns actors playing walking embodiments of Love, Time, and Death. Knightley would play Love’.
The movie starts shooting in the next couple of weeks in New York City, with David Frankel directing from a script by Allan Loeb. A December 2016 US release is already set, which suggests they’re already thinking this may be an awards contender.