In honor of Alan Turing’s historic Royal Pardon on Tuesday, Black Bear Pictures has released the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game.
Cumberbatch stars as codebreaker, mathematician and one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing, who was prosecuted for being homosexual and eventually committed suicide via cyanide poisoning. Co-stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) is directing, screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
No confirmed release date.
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.