First pictures emerge of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing

Posted Sep 28, 2013 by Mathew Wace Peck
Coming Soon has revealed a series of photographs showing Benedict Cumberbatch as the father of the modern computer, Alan Turing.
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Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, in the BBC series, Sherlock, a 21st-century update of Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian Sherlock Holmes
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A selection of photographs can be viewed at Coming Soon.
Cumberbatch – known for his starring role in Sherlock, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s modern-day interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective – is portraying Turing in a new film portraying the life and work of one of Britain’s most unsung heroes.
Titled The Imitation Game, it also stars Matthew Beard (Chatroom), Charles Dance (Jewel in the Crown), Matthew Goode (Brideshead Revisited), Rory Kinnear (The First Men in the Moon), Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) and Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
A few days ago, Coming Soon reported that filming of The Imitation Game had got underway in London. Earlier today, they published a number of shots of Cumberbatch, clearly from that filming.
A mathematician, Alan Turing (who was born 100 years ago, on 23 June 1912) is credited with cracking the German Enigma code – while working as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park – thereby, helping to ensure that Britain won the Second World War.
Despite this, Turing became a victim of the unenlightened bigotry that pervaded the British establishment at the time. He was hounded and prosecuted because of his homosexuality, eventually taking his own life.
The Imitation Game is being directed by the Norwegian filmmaker, Morten Tyldum, (Headhunters), from a screenplay by Graham Moore, which, in turn, is based on Andrew Hodges’s book, Alan Turing: The Enigma.
According to Empire, there’s no word yet on when the film will be released, “beyond a rough plan for next year”.
As well as this film and his continuing involvement with Sherlock, Cumberbatch has recently starred in the movies Star Trek Into Darkness, in which he took on the role of Khan, and The Fifth Estate, whre he portrays the WikiLeaks’ pioneer, Julian Assange.
As well as season 3 of Sherlock, other upcoming roles include Lewis Clark in Magik and Lt Col. Percival Fawcett in The Lost City of Z.