Following fresh from the oven news confirmed that actress Keira Knightley has signed on to play the role of Helene in the upcoming drama romance "Silk," Michael Pitt reportedly has been cast in the male lead.
Pitt will then play the role of Herve Joncour, a married silkworm smuggler in 19th Century France who travels to Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful European woman, the concubine of a local baron, with whom he becomes obsessed. Without speaking the same language, they communicate through letters until war intervenes. Their unrequited love persists however, and Herve's wife Helene begins to suspect.
A movie adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's novel of the same name, "Silk" will be directed by Francois Girard from his own screenplay.