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Keira Knightley's Getting Naked In "Atonement"

Posted Monday June 4, 2007 11:47 PM GMT

For those of you used to seeing Keira Knightley as a wholesome English lady, hold on to your hats. She’s going to be showing more than her talent in the upcoming film, “Atonement.”

According to the film’s director, Joe Wright, it was time for Knightley to blossom into womanhood. "I wanted to cast Keira as a woman, a sexual character. She's only ever played girls before. There is a key scene with James McAvoy where she dives into a deep fountain to retrieve a broken vase. Keira emerges from the water and stands on the fountain's edge. It was her idea to stand there for quite so long - but I quite liked it."

And apparently there was more skin that they had to edit out. "There was another shot of her from behind but we left it out as it seemed a bit too rude," said Wright. Showing skin on screen appeals to Keira. She recently admitted she loves stripping naked in her movies and finds sex scenes "liberating."

It’s a good thing, because she’ll soon be lighting up theaters with her on-screen threesome with Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys in the new Dylan Thomas biopic "The Edge of Love." It’s hard to believe that our little Elizabeth Swann is all grown up.

Check out the pictures of Keira at the Kabaret Club in London (June 2), as well as at a local farmer’s market with her beau the following day (June 3). Whether or not Keira's new man changes his duds is still up in the air, but we'll let you know if we see him in a new set of clothes. Enjoy!