Warner Bros. has finally landed a director for one of its more high profile projects. Variety reports that The Disappearance of Alice Creed director J. Blakeson is currently in negotiations to helm the WWII pic The Imitation Game. The film is a biopic of Alan Turing, a mathematician who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II. He was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality and subjected to chemical castration, after which he committed suicide by eating a cyanide apple. The project was a hot property when WB bought the spec script from Graham Moore, attracting directors like Ron Howard and David Yates.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been keen on playing Turing since Warner Bros. acquired the script, but its unclear if he’ll still star given that he recently committed to shooting The Wolf of Wall Street with Martin Scorsese later this year. When we last heard, the studio was putting together a list of potential directors that included Ralph Fiennes and Bryan Singer. Blakeson is certainly lesser known, but his feature directorial debut Alice Creed turned many heads, and WB must be convinced that he’s the man for the job. I’m eager to see this project come together, so hopefully we hear casting news soon.