Principal Photography Begins on THE IMITATION GAME; Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, and More Join Cast

     September 16, 2013


Shooting has begun on The Imitation Game.  The drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the brilliant British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing.  The story will center on Turing breaking the German enigma code at the end of World War II, and his prosecution by his own government for being a homosexual.  We previously reported that Keira Knightley and Mark Strong were attached to co-star, and today a press release has announced that the cast will also include Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

alan-turingHere’s the press release:


September 15th 2013 Start of Principal Photography in the UK

Announced by Black Bear Pictures

LONDON, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013: THE IMITATION GAME, which began principal photography in the UK yesterday, is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing.

The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Fifth Estate“, “Star Trek Into Darkness“, and TV’s “Sherlock“) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for “Atonement”, Oscar® nominee for “Pride and Prejudice“) will star as Alan Turing and his close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top-notch cast, including Matthew Goode (“Stoker”, “A Single Man“), Mark Strong (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy“), Rory Kinnear (“Skyfall”),

Charles Dance (“Gosford Park“, TV’s “Game of Thrones“), Allen Leech (“In Fear”, TV’s “Downton Abbey“) and Matthew Beard (“An Education“).

Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, 2012’s BAFTA nominee for “Headhunters“, is directing from a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.

Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman is producing alongside Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky, with Moore as executive producer and Peter Heslop (“The King’s Speech”) as co-producer. Behind-the camera talent includes director of photography Óscar Faura (“The Impossible”), editor William Goldenberg (Oscar® winner for “Argo”), production designer Maria Djurkovic (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), hair and make-up designer Ivana Primorac (“Anna Karenina”), casting director Nina Gold (“Les Miserables”) and composer Clint Mansell (“Black Swan”).

  • Bryce Forestieri

    The script is supposed to be stellar, but did they get a good director?

    • axalon

      The director would have to really screw up to overcome the quality of this script.

    • 030891

      Tyldum did a great job with Headhunters.

  • Oliver

    The script is indeed fantastic. A great role for Cumberbatch. I only know the director from Headhunters but loved that so quietly optimistic. The cast is as good as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

    • alik

      where i can find this script? i really want to read it

  • Bob

    Great cast. Who else is hoping Cumberbatch and Strong have an epic voice battle?

  • axalon

    Wow this started shooting already? Great to hear! Was bummed for a bit after Leo dropped out, thought it’d never get made.

  • Jay

    Cumberbatch, Knightley, Strong, and Goode, I’m definitely watching this.

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Amazing cast. CUmberbatch + Strong + Goode is a killer must-watch in my book. But why didn’t they cast Rory Kinnear as Turing – he looks the part a lot.

  • ArtMalik

    me too please..

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