Keira Knightley in talks to appear in Alan Turing biopic ‘Imitation Game’

'Atonement' actress would star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch

Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to appear in new independent film Imitation Game.

The Atonement actress is currently in negotiations to star in the Alan Turing biopic opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who has already signed on to play the role of codebreaker Turing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Norwegian director Morten Tyldum will helm the low-budget film, adapted by first-time writer Graham Moore from the book Alan Turing: The Enigma. The movie will be produced by Black Bear Pictures.

Alan Turing was a mathematician and codebreaker who solved the Enigma Code, which helped lead the Allies to victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. Following the war, Turning became a key figure in developing computers at the University Of Manchester.

However, in 1952, Turing was prosecuted by the UK Government for being gay, when homosexuality was still deemed illegal in the country. He was sentenced to probation on the condition he underwent chemical castration, and he later committed suicide on June 7, 1954.

Last month, Keira Knightley married Klaxon’s James Righton. The couple tied the knot at a ceremony in Mazan near Maseille in the south of France in front of a small gathering of friends and family.