The project is now suspended. A representative of the actress told the Daily Mail that she had to give up “for family reasons”.

The UK is now facing, like most countries in the world, a second wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections, and the representative added that “it was not a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be applied for a long time. child care required by the production that lasted four and a half months “, according to

Knightley and her husband, musician James Righton, have two children.

“The Essex Serpent”, based on the novel of the same name written by Sarah Perry and released in 2016, focuses on a woman, recently a widow, who came out of an abusive marriage. She moves from London to a village in Essex County, where she is intrigued by a local superstition – a mythical creature, the Essex Snake, has returned to the area.

The series is produced for Apple TV Plus by See-Saw Films and will be directed by Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”, “The Arbor”).

Knightley, an Oscar nominee for “The Imitation Game” and “Pride & Prejudice,” was the show’s executive producer. She will be seen in Camille Griffin’s “Silent Night” and will star in the miniseries “The Other Typist.”