Actress Keira Knightley became a household name with films such as and . She also gained international recognition for her role as Elizabeth Swann in the franchise. She starred in three films of the franchise along with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.
Knightley has mentioned many times how endearing it was to work with Depp. She starred with the actor in three films of the franchise and even made a cameo in the fifth film. However, the actress reportedly refused to work in a film that also starred Lily-Rose Depp, Johnny Depp’s daughter, unless some of her demands were met.
While she had a small role in , had her first blockbuster in the form of the swashbuckling adventure film . The film saw her play the role of Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of a governor, who gets drawn into the pirate world of Captain Jack Sparrow.
The film was a surprising hit, earning over $654 million against a $140 million budget. The success of the films spawned two sequels that were filmed back to back, namely, and . While the other two were not as well-received as the first film, they were still successful. The arc of Knightley’s Elizabeth and Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner was complete with .
Knightley has mentioned multiple times about the joy she had while working with Johnny Depp in the franchise. When she starred in the first film, she was just eighteen years old and was tasting fame for the first time. In an interview with IGN in 2003, she said,
The actress even returned to play Elizabeth in the fifth film of the franchise, . She also starred along with Depp’s daughter, actress Lily-Rose Depp in the black comedy . However, Knightley did want to introduce some changes in the film before saying yes.
Actress Keira Knightley had a reunion of sorts with the Johnny Depp family, as she starred along with Lily-Rose Depp in the black comedy . Talking about working with her, Knightley said,
deals with the concept of motherhood in an apocalyptic setting. In the film, Lily-Rode Depp plays the role of Sophie, who is pregnant and has to decide whether she wants to take the Government-issued cyanide pills as an apocalypse is about to strike. Knightley wanted to make sure that the subject matter was handled with utmost care. Hence, she made sure that a female director was part of the film. In an interview with The Guardian, she said,
Knightley made sure that Camille Griffin, who wrote the film, was the director of the film. Keira Knightley has been very vocal about the representation of women in film and the harassment women face every day, especially after the #MeToo era. She has voiced concerns over how she is only offered either motherly or flirtatious roles in films and has also mentioned that she will not be performing a s*x scene if it is directed by a man.