Why are you reading about Zooey Deschanel joining a period biopic about the life of Lord Byron's daughter on a science fiction website? Maybe because Lord Byron's daughter was Ada Lovelace, who, in 1843, created the first algorithm for an analytical engine, making her the world's first computer programmer. In 1843. So you're reading about Zooey Deschanel joining Enchantress of Numbers because it's about the person who is somewhat responsible for that amazing computer/laptop/iPhone/cranial-Matrix-plug you're using to read this site right now.
In other words, she invented the future, man.
I'm not sure how much of Lovelace's fascinating life will actually translate to quality cinema, but I will never turn my nose up at the chance to watch the disarmingly cute and talented Deschanel don 19th-century clothing and realize the future capabilities of computing devices. Insert creepy growl and/or wolf whistle here.
Enchantress of Numbers will be directed by Bruce Beresford, who began his career with the under-seen minor gem Breaker Morant before moving on to schmaltz like Driving Ms. Daisy. He has a challenge ahead of him: manage to make a girl in a corset solving math equations compelling viewing for two hours. Half of his work is already done by casting Deschanel. I hope he can pull it off.
(Via Dark Horizons)