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Keira Knightley Will Play 'The Imitation Game' With Benedict Cumberbatch

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 4, 2013 11:08 PM
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Keira Knightley

From hot 2011 Black List project to promising Warner Bros. project to studio castaway, it has been a bumpy ride for "The Imitation Game," but it's now coming back to life in a big way. Earlier this year, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch was in discussions to join, and indeed he's on board, and now another great name is joining him.

Keira Knightley is now in talks for the biopic that has "Headhunters" helmer Morten Tyldum set to direct. Based on the biography "Alan Turing: The Enigma," the film will tell the story of the English multi-hyphenate -- mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist -- whose cracking of ciphers made a massive difference in World War II and whose exploration into early computer design paved the way for the technologies we have now. However, he was a closeted homosexual who, once he came out, subjected himself to "treatment" programs and sadly took his own life in 1954. No word yet on Knightley's role.

Black Bear Pictures are financing the movie but no word yet on when it will shoot. Knightley is busy filming Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" at the moment, and has "Can A Song Save Your Life?" and "Jack Ryan" in the can. [Variety]

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  • Jexie Palpatine | June 5, 2013 2:52 PMReply

    Keira should get into porn.

  • Olly | June 5, 2013 4:04 AMReply

    A fantastic role for Cumberbatch. Keira will play Joan Clarke. Silly of Wright to turn the film down (if true) as the script is great. But then maybe its for the best as the script has a lot of humour which I dont think Wright would handle that well. I loved Headhunters so excited to see what Tyldum will do with the material.

  • Jen | June 4, 2013 11:56 PMReply

    I'm surprised this isn't being directed by Joe Wright.

  • G. | June 5, 2013 4:44 AM

    I never heard of them offering it to Wright. Just that it used to be WB's and they wanted Leo to star with The Disappearance of Alice Creed director at the helm.

  • Peter | June 5, 2013 2:58 AM

    He turned it down twice

  • k | June 4, 2013 11:22 PMReply

    Atonement reunion!

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