Keira Knightley is trading her usual period fare for a more futuristic world as she is set to star in sci-fi thriller Never Let Me Go. The film will also star Andrew Garfield (Boy A, Lions for Lambs) and Carey Mulligan (Pride & Prejudice), and will be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo).

There’s not much in the way of details about the plot of the film as of yet, except for the overall idea that it will be a “cloning-themed film.” But it’s going to be in the very capable hands of screenwriter Alex Garland who wrote 28 Days Later, The Beach and Sunshine.

It will be produced on a collaborative basis by DNA Films, screenwriter Alex Garland and Film 4.

Not much to say about this one since not that much information has been released in these early days of the development stage (shooting has yet to start) but what’s interesting to note is the departure for Knightley from her usual type of film. We’re used to seeing her in period garb (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and The Duchess, to name but a few) and we’ve been given seldom opportunity (where she’s one of the leads) to see if she can do anything else (although I’m actually one of the few people who thought she did a decent job in the underrated Domino).

I’m kind of 50/50 on her as an actress – there are times, such as in the aforementioned Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, where she really brings it (which is not surprising as those movies have her very much in her comfort zone) and others where she’s as wooden as they come (cough, Pirates of the Caribbean, cough).

But I’m certainly intrigued to see how she does in a sci-fi flick – could work, could not…

Never Let Me Go is scheduled to start shooting this April in London and Norfolk, England.