Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game

In her latest upcoming flick, The Imitation Game, Keira Knightley sheds away the stylish, fashionable look that she’s carried all this time in exchange for unsexy and frumpy wartime woolies.

Keira plays the role of Joan Clarke, a codebreaker who joins a band of cryptanalysts led by Alan Turing (played by Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch) who played a huge part of uncovering the Enigma codes being sent out by Germany during World War II. His involvement in this project led to the Allies winning against the Nazi Germany.

Director Morten Tyldum told reporters that Keira specifically requested to wear unglamorous clothes because the role demands it. “‘We had a horrendous cardigan, and she loved it,” says Tyldum. “The point of it all was so we could focus on Joan Clarke, the character Keira plays, and her relationship with Turing, and their achievements.”

There’s no question that Keira, who was once nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Elizabeth Bennett in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice, has the acting range to make the character work in the film. Co-actor Benedict Cumberbatch believes the same thing.

“She’s so completely down to earth, and incredibly wise,” Cumberbatch said to Baz Bamigboye from The Daily Mail. “We first worked together on Atonement and would bump into each other and we promised we would work together again, if the right thing came up,”

The Imitation Game was screened at Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival held from August 29 to September 1, 2014. After the film was shown, there was buzz generated by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members about how great the film was. Cumberbatch amazed viewers with his complex and Oscar-worthy rendition of Turing on screen. Keira also did not disappoint with her blend of humor and fierceness necessary to Clarke’s character.

The Imitation Game will be released in theaters on November 14, 2014 in the UK and on November 21, 2014 in the United States. The film also stars Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, and Matthew Goode.

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