Keira Knightley joins Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
I have to be careful whenever I post a story about Keira Knightley. Apparently I spoke too highly of the talented actress a long time ago and now I can’t say her name without getting a dirty look from my wife. But she has nothing to worry about because Keira Knightley is now a married woman (to a musician no less) and now we can all move on. But married life isn’t going to slow Keira Knightley down. She has the blockbuster JACK RYAN coming out this Christmas as well as CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE and LAGGIES on the way. Now you can add to that THE IMITATION GAME, based on the life of Alan Turing. The film will be directed by Morten Tyldum (HEADHUNTERS) from a script by Graham Moore. Benedict Cumberbatch is slated to play Turing, but it’s unclear who Keira Knightley will be playing. However, given the synopsis below from the book the film will be based on, it sounds like there’s plenty of room for meaty roles to go around. (Variety)
The official synopsis of the book ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ by Andrew Hodges: “It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades—all before his suicide at age forty-one. A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution, Andrew Hodges’s acclaimed book captures both the inner and outer drama of Turing’s life.
Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936—the concept of a universal machine—laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. At the same time, this is the tragic story of a man who, despite his wartime service, was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program—all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.”