It’s set in the middle of the Napoleonic wars, this story of a rule-breaking British society woman, Lady Hester Stanhope, who traveled near and far, and stuck her nose in Napoleon’s incursions in the Middle East, kept calm and carried on in efforts to thwart Bonaparte’s efforts to roll from Egypt to India.
She was a regular Indiana Jones, leading archeological digs, fighting Bonapartists, “an adventurer.”
Deadline.com says Screenwriter David Seidler of “The King’s Speech,” and one of that film’s producers, have optioned a Kristen Ellis biography of this Modern Woman in the Age of Austen.
Keira Knightley would have to be on any short list of women to play her — maybe Kate Winslet. Perhaps one of the younger women of “Downton Abbey.” Plucky.