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The Essex Serpent - Production Halted as Keira Knightley Pulls Out Due to Covid-19 Concerns

Apple TV+’s adaptation of Sarah Perry novel The Essex Serpent has halted pre-production after Keira Knightley dramatically dropped out just weeks after Deadline revealed that she was to headline the series.

The Atonement actress’ rep told the Daily Mail that she was not participating for family reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the second wave of Covid cases in the UK, the rep said “there wasn’t a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of childcare required for the four-and-a-half-month production.”

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