Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley Confirmed to Lead True-Life ‘The Imitation Game’

By September 16, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch

After years of starts and stops, the extraordinary British brain behind the cracking of the Enigma code is finally getting his day on the big screen. The Imitation Game has just commenced filming in the UK and, per a press release from production company Black Bear Pictures, the film is set to hit theaters with a very solid cast (though, considering production on the project did start yesterday, we suppose any cast could do in such a pinch).

Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed for the role of Alan Turing, basically moving his computer genius gig as Julian Assange in the upcoming The Fifth Estate to the code-breaking trenches of World War II (and hopefully allowing him to play a much more sympathetic character, because Turing had secrets and tragedy to spare). He’ll be joined by Keira Knightley, set to play “close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke,” along with Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, “Game of Thrones” star Charles Dance, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard. And, yes, this cast certainly sounds both overwhelmingly and appropriately British.

Kiera Knightley

Originally meant as a Warner Bros. property, Graham Moore’s Black List script based on Andrew Hodges’ book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” was picked up by the studio way back in 2011. At the time, the biopic about the math genius and major contributor to modern day computing was meant to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by J Blakeson, but things slowly fell apart, and eventually Black Bear grabbed the rights for a film that has “Oscar bait” spelled out all over it (not even in code).

The film will be directed by Morten Tyldum, and we suspect it will arrive in a theater near you just in time to grab all the awards come next fall.

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Kate Erbland
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