Keira Knightley return to the smaller screen is officially confirmed now after the British actress has signed to star in a series adaptation of Suzanne Rindell’s novel “The Other Typist,” executive produced by Keira Knightley, written and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken which is now in development at Hulu. “The L Word” creator Ilene Chaiken will write the pilot script, as well as serve as showrunner and producer.
Searchlight Television and 20th Century Fox Television, where Chaiken is under a multi-year overall deal, are producing the series for Hulu. According to sources, Knightley was the one who first brought the project to Searchlight’s attention and was previously developing it as a feature.
Set in New York City at the height of the Prohibition era, “The Other Typist” is a psycho-sexual suspense thriller that turns on themes of identity, class, obsession and misplaced desire. The series centers around Rose, a prim, unworldly police department typist gets drawn into the shady world of her glamorous new co-worker, Odalie (Knightley) but when the ultimate crime is committed, it’s uncertain which of the two women was the more treacherous.
The project marks an expansion of Chaiken’s relationship with Hulu, as she already serves as an executive producer on arguably the streamer’s biggest show in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She is also currently an Executive producer on “The L Word: Generation Q” reboot which has been renewed for a second season at Showtime.
She also executive produced Empire for its entire run on Fox and served as showrunner for the first 3.5 seasons.
Original author Rindell will serve as a producer on the project alongside Chaiken, Knightley, and Oly Obst for 3 Arts Entertainment. Drawing comparisons to The Great Gatsby, “The Other Typist” was published in 2013 and was Rindell’s debut novel.
This would mark the biggest TV commitment to date for Knightley who, with the exception of the 2011 Neverland miniseries, has been focused entirely on features since bursting into the scene with the 2002 hit Bend It Like Beckham. She is known for her roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Love Actually as well as Pride & Prejudice and The Imitation Game, which earned her Oscar nominations. Most recently seen in Misbehaviour, which was released at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
She is repped United Agents, CAA, Narrative and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
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