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British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year, starring in a new adaptation of the Emile Zola novel "Therese Raquin," New York's Roundabout Theatre Company announced Thursday. The 29-year-old -- probably best known for the Hollywood blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" films -- will take on the lead role in the tale of love, lust, betrayal and guilt, which will officially open on October 29, 2015. Knightley will play Therese, who has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when she embarks on a passionate affair that ends in tragedy. The adaptation -- based on the 19th century novel -- is by Helen Edmundson, and the production will be directed by Evan Cabnet.
Fresh from commercial and critical success with hit shows "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," Netflix on Thursday announced a new online series, "Bloodline," set for release in March. The series features stars from television as well as the big screen, including Hollywood's Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek, the Los Gatos, California company said. Netflix has pioneered online streaming of original content, including TV shows and films, challenging traditional network and cable broadcasters. Earlier this month, Netflix announced it had recruited comic actor Adam Sandler to produce four films exclusively distributed to its subscribers, in the company's latest foray into cinema.
Oscar-winner Christian Bale -- best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films -- will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said, in an interview with Bloomberg Television posted online Thursday. Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "The Social Network" about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call. "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined," said Sorkin, who is writing the script for Sony Pictures based on the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson.