Actress Keira Knightley is to star in the indie drama The Imitation Game opposite Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock.
Alan Turing: The Enigma, is being adapted by Black Bear Pictures on which the film is based and is to be directed by Morten Tyldum.
Cumberbatch is playing the role of Turing, who was a British cryptographer and mathematician and during the last years of the Second World War helped the Allies to crack the enigma code machine of the Germans that led them to their victory. Later, the government prosecuted him as he was a homosexual which resulted in his suicide.
Knightley will be playing the role of a woman belonging to a conservative background. A complicated relationship soon gets formed between her character and that of Cumberbatch’s Turing, but stays with him until the very end.
The film is being produced by Teddy Schwarzman along with Ido Ostrowsky and Nora Grossman of Ambersand Pictures. The indie’s budget is around the range of $15mn.
Repped by Schiff Co. and CAA, Knightley was last seen in Anna Karenina and will now be seen alongside Chris Pine in Jack Ryan.