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Casting Watch: Keira Knightley to Produce and Star in 1920s Suspense Tale 'The Other Typist'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 27, 2013 at 12:01PM

Keira Knightley is set to produce and star in "The Other Typist," adapted from Suzanne Rindell's debut novel centering on an introverted typist in 1920s New York who befriends a glamorous and mysterious co-worker and is introduced to the city's fast-living underworld. Fox Searchlight snapped up the rights.
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Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is set to produce and star in "The Other Typist," adapted from Suzanne Rindell's debut novel centering on an introverted typist in 1920s New York who befriends a glamorous and mysterious co-worker and is introduced to the city's fast-living underworld. Fox Searchlight snapped up the rights.

A review of the book cited by the Hollywood Reporter leaves us with this tantalizing praise: "A dollop of Alfred Hitchcock, a dollop of Patricia Highsmith, and some 'Great Gatsby' flourishes."

Knightley was last seen in Joe Wright's lavish "Anna Karenina," which won the Best Achievement in Costume Design Oscar earlier this year. Next up is Kenneth Branagh's action-thriller "Jack Ryan," co-starring Chris Pine, slated for a December 25 release. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.