Cornish well-versed for 'Star'

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Abbie Cornish is in negotiations to topline Jane Campion's period romance drama "Bright Star."

The script, which Campion wrote and is directing, is based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' death at age 25. Cornish will portray Brawne.

Pathe International is behind the movie, which is being produced by Jan Chapman.

The production is eyeing a late summer or early fall start.

The CAA-repped Cornish recently starred opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's "A Good Year." She will appear in "Stop Loss," directed by Kimberly Peirce, coming from Paramount later this year, as well as in the Cate Blanchett starrer "The Golden Age," directed by Shekhar Kapur.
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