Whishaw in 'Star' turn for Campion pic

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LONDON -- Ben Whishaw, who starred in "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," is sniffing out a lead role in writer-director Jane Campion's "Bright Star," the film's team said Wednesday.

Whishaw is in final negotiations to star as poet John Keats in the period romance drama for Pathe International.

"Star" focuses on the three-year romance between 19th century poet Keats and Fanny Brawne, to be played by Abbie Cornish. The poet's romance was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25.

Whishaw is about to begin shooting "Brideshead Revisited," alongside Hayley Atwell and Matthew Goode, and in the fall will appear in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" as one of the seven actors portraying Bob Dylan.

Whishaw is repped by Christian Hodell of Hamilton Hodell and Hylda Queally of CAA. Negotiations are being finalized by his attorney Jodi Peikoff.

Campion's movie is scheduled to begin filming in late summer or early fall.
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