This could be interesting: Oscar-winners Martin Scorsese and Richard Attenborogh are teaming up to make a film called Silver Ghost, based, in part, on the lives of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. The screenplay was written by Jeffrey Caine (Goldeneye) and playwright Sharman Macdonald, who also happens to be actress Kiera Knightley's mom.

According to Top Gear, the biopic will be set at the dawn of the 20th Century, during the seminal days of the auto industry. But the report says the real hero of the story will be one Lord John Douglas-Scott Montagu, the Second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu and a member of British Parliament who used his position in British society to champion motoring.

While we're not quite sure what all that Barons and Lords stuff is about, reading that in 1899 Montagu drove the first car to enter the yard of the House of Commons made us think he must have been a decent enough chap. According to the report, he even launched a monthly car magazine. And like any good period-film protagonist, he was romantically linked to another key figure in the story, Eleanor Thornton, the woman who inspired the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy mascot that became a defining feature of the marque.

The film is still a long way from the screen, although Scorcese's involvement can't hurt its chances of getting made. Neither would casting Knightley as Thornton, if you ask us.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      it's Scorsese, not Scorcese.
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      You don't know who Lord Montagu is? Really? Lord Montagu is the man who started the UK's National Motoring Museum on his estate in Beaulieu, England. The building houses hundreds of important cars from around the world, and the archives at the NMM contain thousands and thousands of motoring publications and historical photographs. And that's just the main thing. His contribution to motoring and culture should really be given a whole lot more respect.
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 3 Years Ago
      He did an awesome job directing Vinny Chase in The Great Gatsby!!!!!
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      And who is going to sit there and watch a bunch of English tailors sewing leather for a BMW?
        • 3 Years Ago
        yep. thats exactly what the movie is going to be about! LOL!
      Big Squid
      • 3 Years Ago
      Starring Leonardo di Caprio as a flying lady hood ornament.
      Sorten Borten
      • 3 Years Ago
      Knightley would never be cast for that role. In the early 20th century, malnourished waifs weren't considered beautiful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh wow ...Now that his name will be on the car, put me down for 2 DUMB ASSES
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was in Manchester England some years ago and decided to have lunch at a nearby hotel because it looked so elegant from the Victorian era. As I walked in I noticed a brass plaque that announced this was the hotel where Rolls and Royce met to discuss the creation of their luxury auto. Nice. Then I went into the dining room for High Tea and sat at a table for two by a pillar that announced that this table was where they had their meeting at High Tea. It made me smile and now it's just a matter of time before I get my Rolls Royce to complete the picture.
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