Benedict Cumberbatch Talks THE IMITATION GAME, Alan Turing, Future Projects, and Much More

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Over the past few years, Benedict Cumberbatch has shown incredible range while bouncing from project to project, always delivering great performances.  If you’re one of the few that isn’t familiar with his name, I recommend watching Sherlock (where he plays Sherlock Holmes), The Fifth Estate (where he plays Julian Assange), and also going to your local movie theater to see his incredible work in director Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game.  The film is about Alan Turing (played by Cumberbatch), a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality still made him a target of persecution.  The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller.

When I recently spoke to Cumberbatch to help promote the film, he talked about why he wanted to be part of this important movie, balancing fact versus fiction, what Turing helped invent, what it’s like being connected to so many highly anticipated new movies, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and for more on the film, watch six clips, the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

First Official Image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME

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The first official image from Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) as mathematician and logician Alan Turing, is now available.  The image debuted on the day that Turing received a posthumous pardon from none other than Queen Elizabeth II for his 1952 conviction of homosexuality.  Credited with cracking the German Enigma code during World War II which subsequently shortened the length of the conflict, Turing was then convicted on charges of “gross indecency”, and sentenced to chemical castration.  He committed suicide two years later at the age of 41.

The Imitation Game also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew GoodeRory KinnearCharles DanceAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  Hit the jump to check out the full image.

Keira Knightley to Star Opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in THE IMITATION GAME

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Reports confirm that Keira Knightley is set to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in director Morten Tyldum’s (Headhunters) The Imitation Game.  The indie drama about the brilliant British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing will center on his breaking of the German enigma code at the end of World War II, his prosecution by his own government for being a homosexual and his resulting suicide.  With Cumberbatch in the lead role, Knightley would play “a woman from a very conservative background who not only forms a complicated relationship with Turing but is there for him until the end,” according to THR.

Morten Tyldum to Direct THE IMITATION GAME

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Scandinavian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) is set to helm The Imitation Game, the 2011 Black List topper that is based on the life of British mathematician Alan Turing. Graham Moore’s script centers on Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to star in the picture with J Blakeson to direct, but neither party is still involved. Hit the jump for more on The Imitation Game.

Leonardo DiCaprio Won’t Play THE IMITATION GAME; Warner Bros. Backs Out of the Production

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Current reports have it that Leonardo DiCaprio is passing on the WWII picture, The Imitation Game and Warner Bros. is following suit.  The studio previously picked up the Graham Moore script for a seven-figure sum as part of last year’s Black List.  The script, an adaptation of Andrew Hodges’ 1983 book, “Alan Turing:The Enigma,” centered on Turing, a mathematician and British cryptographer who cracked German codes and helped the Allies win the war.  Later in life, Turing was prosecuted for being a homosexual, an event that led to his eventual suicide.  There is little word as to why DiCaprio passed on the role, but director J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) is still attached.  Hit the jump for more on why WB has backed out.

Warner Bros. Buys Spec Script THE IMITATION GAME; Leonardo DiCaprio Up to Play Mathematician Alan Turing, Ron Howard May Direct

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Warner Bros. bought Graham Moore’s spec script The Imitation Game in a 7-figure deal today.  The buzz is reportedly great on Moore’s debut script about the life of British mathematician/computer scientist Alan Turing, though that is not necessarily why the studio outbid several independent companies for the rights.  Rather it is because Leonardo DiCaprio is very interested in the project and has “the inside track” to star.  Moreover, Ron Howard—who won the Oscar when he directed the math biopic A Beautiful Mind—is reportedly interested in the directing.  No talent is officially attached yet.

Turing’s life is absurdly suited for the cinematic ups and downs of a biopic.  Credited as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing was integral in the development of the modern computer, and a key codebreaker for the British during World War II.  And the downs: Turing was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, elected chemical castration over prison, and finally ended his tormented life with a cyanide apple.  More after the jump.

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