Nick Cassavetes is set to direct The Beautiful and the Damned, a period love story about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayme for the Film Department. Word has it that Keira Knightley is in talks to play the tempestuous lover.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Beautiful and the Damned revolves around Zelda Sayre (Knightley) and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who became Jazz Age icons known for living large, soaring high and crashing hard. Although toasts of town in the 1920s, their courtship and marriage was festooned with jealousy and acrimony. Fitzgerald used their relationship as material for his novels, and Sayre -- who tried hard to find an artistic identity of her own and ended up being admitted to a sanitarium -- did the same.

Hanna Weg wrote the screenplay.

Production is set to begin in April.