Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game, Misbehaviour) is returning to television, starring in and executive producing The Other Typist for Hulu. Written and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken (The L Word, Empire), the limited series would be an adaptation of Suzanne Rindell's best-selling novel. Chaiken is set to write the pilot script, and will executive produce with Knightley, Rindell, and 3 Arts representative Oly Obst. Knightley brought the rights to the book to Searchlight Television, who is developing and producing the project alongside 20th Century Fox Television. Originally published by Penguin Random House in 2013, here's your look at Rindell's novel:
Rose Baker seals men's fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee.
This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies. Yet prudish Rose is stuck in the fading light of yesteryear, searching for the nurturing companionship that eluded her childhood. When glamorous Odalie, a new girl, joins the typing pool, despite her best intentions Rose falls under Odalie's spell. As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the station by day, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie's high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.