Keira Knightley has decided to not be apart of Apple TV+’s The Essex Serpent
. Her rep said in a statement that Knightley has exited the show “due to family reasons” amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The statement reads, “Keira had to unfortunately pull out of The Essex Serpent due to family reasons. As the COVID cases increase in the U.K. and additional lockdown and restriction rules are potentially being imposed, with so many unknowns, there wasn’t a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of child care required for the 4.5-month production.” Knightley is married to husband James Righton, with whom she shares daughters Delilah, 1, and Edie, 5.
It was reported in August that Knightley would star in and executive-produce the project, in which she was set to play Cora Seaborne. The series is an adaptation based on Sarah Perry’s 2017 novel of the same name.