Anna Karenina director heaps praise on Keira Knightley

12:45 05 September 2012

Keira Knightley on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of Anna Karenina in Leicester Square last night. Photo: Max Nash/PA Wire

Keira Knightley on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of Anna Karenina in Leicester Square last night. Photo: Max Nash/PA Wire

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Joe Wright says he couldn’t wait to work with Keira Knightley in his new film Anna Karenina and insists she is “more than a muse”.

The award-winning director - who has previously worked with Keira on Pride & Prejudice and Atonement - says it was a no brainer to cast the brunette beauty as his leading lady in Anna Karenina.

Speaking at the world premiere in London’s Leicester square last night, the director told BANG Showbiz: “She’s more than a muse, she’s a collaborator and that’s far more important.

“[She brings] intelligence, energy, vitality, passion and beauty.”

Joe revealed it’s always a joy to work with the 27-year-old Teddington-born star as they have both developed creatively since they first met on the set of Pride & Prejudice.

“We both developed as people” he explained. “We’re both quite different as people then how we were when we met... she was 18.”

“We’ve grown and we’ve had experiences that have formed our approach to our craft.

“Keira and I know each other so well in terms of our craft I’m not quite sure which are my ideas and which are hers, which is a nice way to be!”

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