Deadline is reporting that Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley are set to star in drama-comedy Misbehaviour, set during the 1970 Miss World competition in London, hosted by Bob Hope.
The 1970 Miss World competition was during a time when Miss World was at its peak, watched by more than 100m viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly-formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame when they invaded the stage and disrupted the live broadcast. When the show eventually resumed, the result sparked uproar as the winner was not the favourite Sweden….but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World.
The film is written by Rebecca Frayn, with revisions by Gaby Chiappe and Philippa Lowthorpe attached to direct. Left Bank Pictures are handling the project, with Suzanne Mackie serving as producer for the banner alongside Sarah-Jane Wheale. Andy Harries and Rebecca Frayn will serve as executive producers under the Left Bank banner alongside Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé.
Pathé will be distributing the film in the UK, France and Switzerland, as well as handle international sales for the project at AFM.