Sneak Peek: Watch Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel in ‘Once Upon a Time…’

Chanel has released a trailer for 'Once Upon a Time,' starring Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel and directed by Karl Lagerfeld. Watch it here!

Kiera Knightley once upon a time

You may have heard a little while ago that Keira Knightley, AKA the Queen of the Period Costume Drama, had been cast as Coco Chanel in a new short film by Karl Lagerfeld—and now we’ve gotten a look at her in action!

Chanel has just released a trailer for the film featuring Keira as Coco and French actress Clotilde Hesme as Coco’s aunt and friend, Adrienne. Shot in black and white, the film, entitled Once Upon a Time… has the feel of an old-timey flick (The Artist, anyone?)—and indeed, Keira originally thought it was going to be a silent movie. She found out about her lines only moments before the cameras rolled. Watch it here!

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Lagerfeld’s films tend to embellish social and fashion history, and Once Upon a Time… is no exception. As he explained to WWD, it’s “invented reality.” He elaborated, “What is lacking, I invent.” He also designed the gorgeous cream ensembles worn by Keira and Clotilde in the film.

Once Upon a Time… will be screened for the first time in Singapore on May 8—exactly 100 years after Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s first boutique opened in the French seaside down of Deauville. It will also be available to watch on chanelnews.com, so be sure to tune in!

Tell us: What do you think of Keira’s turn as the legendary Coco Chanel?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.

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3 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: Watch Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel in ‘Once Upon a Time…’

  1. Keira Knightley is one of my favorite actresses of all times and she is so pretty! Earlier today Adam Levine stopped by the Today show to unveil the trailer for his upcoming movie, Begin Again. The fact that Levine's a real serious actor now, not just a leather-wristband-wearing, Victoria's-Secret-modelizing pop star, is interesting, but you know what really got us? Keira Knightley's in the movie—singing in it. And she's really pretty good! (Leighton Meester, you're not the only pretty brunette actress with a surprising set of pipes.)

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