Knightley’s dark role in ‘A Dangerous Method’ was made for Roberts

Updated: Nov 25, 2011, 19:31 PM IST

London: Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has revealed that the shocking role of Keira Knightley in ‘A Dangerous Method’ was originally written for Julia Roberts.

In the film, Knightley plays a Russian woman named Sabina who has severe psychological issues and comes between famed psychiatrists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.

The script is based on Christopher Hampton’s 2002 play ‘The Talking Cure’.

The 26-year old beauty had recently admitted that she almost turned down the role because of its kinky spanking scene.

Now it’s been revealed the part was initially penned for romantic comedy queen Roberts.

“(Hampton) had written a screenplay for Julia Roberts called ‘Sabina’ and it was for Fox,” the Daily Star quoted Cronenberg as saying.

“I think that was 17 years ago and it didn’t happen for whatever reason, and he then asked them if he could have the permission to make a play out of it, so it was really a screenplay first and it was based on many things,” the filmmaker revealed.