Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Turing biopic (Wired UK)

The Imitation Game – Official UK Teaser TrailerSTUDIOCANAL UK

The first trailers for the upcoming Alan Turing
biopic The Imitation Game have been released, starring
Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch as the troubled
mathematician.

Trailers, plural? Yes — the international
trailer
opts for a more action-packed approach, with plenty of
explosions and depictions of war-torn London peppering the
background to Turing’s struggle to crack the Enigma
machine
and unlock Nazi communications during World War II. The
UK
trailer
instead focusses more on Turing’s arrogant personality
and conflicts with the political and military figures of the time,
painting the film as much more of a character piece.

The film has been in development on and off for years, with its
script by Graham
Moore
featuring prominently on Hollywood’s Black List — the
best unproduced scripts of the year — in 2011. It will be Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s
first English language movie, and co-stars Keira Knightly and
Charles Dance. While it won’t be the first adaptation of Turing’s
life — the TV movie Codebreaker
was released in 2011, and numerous mini-series and specials have
chronicled his work — it will be the biggest focus the ‘father of
computing’ has had in the mainstream.


The enimatic Alan
Turing
The enimatic Alan
Turing

Young, brilliant, and gay – Turing was a key
figure in the Allied victory in World War II.

© 2014 Black
Bear Pictures / Studio Canal


Despite delivering the Allies the key to victory over German
forces and laying the foundation for everything we understand
computing to be, Turing was treated appallingly in the years
following the war. Prosecuted for his homosexuality in 1952, he
accepted chemical castration instead of prison. He died in 1954 of
cyanide poisoning, with debate still ongoing over whether it was
suicide or an accident. Turing was eventually
pardoned
by Royal
Prerogative of Mercy
in 2013, a century after his birth. The UK
trailer opens in the aftermath of the war, with Cumberbatch’s
Turing recounting his activities — hopefully this indicates the
film will address the more unpleasant aspects of the man’s
life.

The Imitation Game is due for release on 14 November.
If nothing else, the film will hopefully remind a few viewers that
Jon Bon
Jovi
had nothing to do with cracking Enigma.

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22 July 2014 | 6:47 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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