Keira Knightley Joins Will Smith, Edward Norton in ‘Collateral Beauty’

David Frankel is directing the New Line drama, which will co-star Helen Mirren, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris

Keira Knightley is nearing a deal to co-star alongside Will Smith in New Line’s “Collateral Beauty,” TheWrap has learned.

David Frankel is directing the movie, which boasts a top-notch ensemble including Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris.

Rachel McAdams had been in talks for a key supporting role, though a deal failed to materialize. Knightley is not replacing her, as she’s in negotiations to play a different character.

Allan Loeb wrote the script, which follows a New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, which works — but not in a way that anyone imagined.

The film will feature actors as walking embodiments of Love, Death and Time, with Knightley playing Love.

Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar and Loeb are producing the film, which will hit theaters on Dec. 16, the same day Disney unveils “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Village Roadshow is co-producing and co-financing the project, which will start production later this month in New York City.

Knightley recently starred in “Everest” and “The Imitation Game,” the latter of which earned her an Oscar nomination. She’s represented by CAA.

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