Based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Rindell, The Other Typist is set in New York during the height of the prohibition era and follows a prim, unworldly police department typist named Rose who is drawn into the shady world of her glamorous new co-worker Odalie (Knightley).
Soon, Rose's fascination with Odalie and her glittering life turns to obsession, but when the ultimate crime is committed, it's unclear which of the two women was the more treacherous.
The series will be written and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken, who will also serve as showrunner and has previously worked on The L Word and Empire, with Knightley and Rindell also executive producing alongside 3 Arts' Oly Obst, Deadline reports.
While Keira is typically known for her work on feature films, she has previously featured in 2011's Neverland miniseries as the voice of Tinkerbell, which aired on the Syfy network in the US and on Sky Movies in the UK.
This makes The Other Typist Keira's biggest TV commitment to date, and the actress has been attached to an adaptation of the novel since 2013 when there were plans to turn it into a film.
Alongside her roles in Pirates of the Caribbean, Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice, Keira most recently starred in Misbehaviour, a drama based on the Women's Liberation Movement protest at the 1970 Miss World competition.
Speaking about what it was like to make the film, Keira told Digital Spy that she enjoys working on films that are slightly more political because it gives her a chance to really consider the questions and issues being explore.
"I think just the opportunity to really kind of immerse yourself in a subject like this is always a great privilege and something that I do find really exciting," she said.
"You've always got to make a film feel important. Even if it's the silliest piece of fluff, it always has to feel important when you're doing it.
"But what's lovely about this is it did feel actually important because, again, we still haven't come up with the answers. We're still not paid the same, you know? So, it felt like it was a very important kind of conversation to have."
Misbehaviour is available to rent and purchase now on digital download.
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