Keira Knightley to Star in Spy Movie from Makers of Manchester by the Sea

Keira Knightley will return to the spy world, set to star in an indie drama from the company behind Manchester by the Sea.

Keira Knightley has run the blockbuster cinematic gamut over the years, including spy movies, with her co-starring role, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, in the 2014 biopic The Imitation Game and, in that same year, opposite Chris Pine in the attempted Tom Clancy movie franchise restart Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now, she’s set to bank another spy movie, this time from the indie company known for the acclaimed drama, Manchester by the Sea.

K Period Media, the independent production company primarily behind the awards-season-dominating 2016 dramatic smash Manchester by the Sea, has locked down Keira Knightley to star in an untitled spy drama, reports Variety. The mystery movie will be based on a script by Camilla Blackett, a screenwriter primarily known from the realm of television with U.S. sitcom work on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and Fox’s New Girl and from peak TV drama in HBO’s The Newsroom. Blackett’s career launched with a 2007 writing stint for the long-running, star-making BBC teen drama Skins.  

Knightley’s deal to star in the untitled spy drama film will also see her attached to produce the project, joined by a duo of producers from her 2014 encryption-centric spy film The Imitation Game in Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky. They are joined in that capacity by K Period Media’s Kimberly Steward and Josh Godfrey. The project will join K Period’s existing slate, which includes U.S. Midwest-set sexual identity drama Conversion, Matt-Damon-starring fact-based drama Charltan and a remake of the 1977 horror classic, Suspiria.

For the Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride & Prejudice breakout actress Knightley, the untitled spy drama will be added to an onscreen backlog that includes the upcoming star-studded episodic ensemble drama, Berlin, I Love You, 2018 World War II drama The Aftermath and the 2018 biopic, Colette, in which she will play the titular early-20th-century French novelist. She’s also lending her voice to the November 2018-scheduled Disney animated film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, playing the crucial role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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