Keira Knightley set to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in code breaker drama

The English actress is understood to be in talks to star alongside the Sherlock actor in The Imitation Game, a drama based on the life of enigma code buster Alan Turing

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Keira Kinightley is set to appear opposite Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in code breaker drama, The Imitation Game. 

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The 28-year-old actress is in negotiations to play a woman from “a very conservative background” that forms a complicated relationship with mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), reports THR.

Directed by Morten Tyldum, the indie film will tell the story of Turing, the cryptographer who helped mastermind cracking the German enigma code during the Second World War and helped pave the way for Allied victory in the conflict. 

In 1952, Turing was convicted of indecency for having a homosexual relationship and was sentenced to prison, or chemical castration – he chose the latter.  He subsequently lost his security clearance and was unable to continue his cryptography work at GCHQ for the British government. 

Two years later, Turing was found dead of cyanide poising.  An inquest determined he’d committed suicide, although several family members maintained the incident was an accident. 

Following an Internet campaign, in 2009, Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated.”

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It is understood the indie film has a budget of around $15m, and filming is due to begin on The Imitation Game later this year.