Keira Knightley Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Imitation Game,’ Which Sounds Appropriately British

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There’s just something about those British accents. We love to hear them narrating nature documentaries, lambasting the establishment in punk rock ballads, and professing their desire for the throne on HBO dramas. And movies? Just toss anything from a cockney lilt to a Downtonian affect onto the big screen, and we’re sold. In the latest crumpetastic news (is that offensive?), Keira Knightley has signed on to join the developing biographical drama The Imitation Game, joining fellow charming Briton Benedict Cumberbatch, as reported by Variety.

The project (which, you’ve got to admit, has the most Britishy-sounding title since The Draughtsman’s Contract) will focus on the life and work of the United Kingdom’s own Alan Turing, a mathematical genius who proved a hero to the Allied Forces during World War II but was persecuted by his own country due to his homosexuality. The great Cumberbatch is playing Turing while Knightley’s role is as of yet unspecified.

But we can bet it’ll be a pleasure, at the very least, to listen to.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.