Keira Knightley is in negotiations to play Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in "The Beautiful and the Damned."
Actor-turned-helmer Nicker Cassavetes ("The Notebook") will direct the biopic for independent production company the Film Department. Hanna Weg wrote the screenplay.
"Damned" revolves around Zelda Sayre (Knightley) and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who became Jazz Age icons known for living large, soaring high and crashing hard. They were toasts of the town in the 1920s, but their courtship and marriage were filled with jealousy and acrimony. Fitzgerald used their relationship as material for his novels, as did Sayre, who tried to find an artistic identity of her own and ended up being admitted to a sanitarium.