Los Angeles - Keira Knightley is set to star in Barbra Streisand's Catherine the Great biopic.
The 30-year-old actress is currently in talks to take on the role of the Russian monarch in the movie which follows her from her days as a young empress trapped in an abusive marriage to Emperor Peter III and through her rise to power.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keira first held talks about the movie last year and things have been "progressing slowly".
Kristina Lauren Anderson wrote the script, which topped the 2014 Black List for best unproduced screenplays.
This will be Barbra's first time directing a movie since 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces.
She previously helmed 1983's Yentl, and Prince of Tides in 1991 and her movies have received a total of 14 Academy Award nominations.Keira was recently cast alongside Will Smith, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren in Collateral Beauty.
And, Keira's movie Colette, based on the life of the famed French author, has been one of the most sought-after titles at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
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