Watch Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing
By Jerry Portwood
Alan Turing was the mathematician, logician, cryptologist, and computer scientist that helped the Allies win World War II by cracking the German Enigma Code. He was later convicted of "indecency" for a budding romance with another man, and he was chemically castrated in 1952 for that "crime." Two years later, the 41-year-old Turing killed himself.
Last year, he was finally pardoned by the Queen. At the time, Prime Minister David Cameron described Turing as a "remarkable man," adding: "His actions saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the father of modern computing."
Now that WWII hero is finally being recognized by receiving a long-awaited big screen film treatment in The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the gay hero.
The film, being released by the Weinstein Company, looks to create a heartpounding race-against-the-clock thriller from what was mostly a behind-the-scenes codebreaking endeavor. There's also the romantic intrigue between Turing and his close friend and fellow codebreaker, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightly). They were engaged for a short period, but Turing confessed that he was gay and decided to call the marriage plans off, which seems to be addressed in the film.
The European premiere of The Imitation Game set for Oct. 8 when the film opens the BFI London Film Festival. It's set for a Thanksgiving release stateside, Nov. 21.
Watch the trailer below: