Benedict Cumberbatch has cornered the market on most British name ever to British. He's stormed onto the big screen as a legendary villain of sci-fi (Star Trek Into Darkness) and fantasy (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug). But for many fans around the world, it was the BBC series Sherlock that turned us on…to the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch of course. Now in The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch has once more been cast as an "irascible genius." But the hero of this World War II drama is not Sherlock Holmes; it's real life genius and hero Alan Turing, as you can see in the domestic trailer up top.
Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as renowned English mathematician and logician Alan Turing, who essentially turned the tide against the Germans in World War II by cracking their legendary Enigma code. But as the trailer above hints, the war was far from the only conflict brewing in Turing's life. He wasn't only a bit prickly personality-wise; he was also hiding a secret that could not only ruin his reputation, but also could land him in prison. Can you discern what it is? We'll leave spoilers (well, history) to the end of this article.
This beguiling biopic also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, and Allen Leach. With so many noteworthy British luminaries, as well as players from such popular shows as Game of Thrones, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey, it's little surprise that The Imitation Game will make its world premiere at the British Film Institute's 58th London Film Festival's opening night gala this October.
THR reports that the event will be a star-studded and sprawling affair with Tyldum, Cumberbatch and Knightley appearing on the red carpet, which will be silmucast along with the movie in theaters throughout the U.K. that very night.
Us chumps in the U.S. will have to wait for November 21st, when The Weinstein Company will open The Imitation Game Stateside.
Now, in case you don't know how Alan Turing's story came to an end, I give a SPOILER WARNING.
Aside from problems stemming from his not being much of a people person, Turing was plagued by a greater concern. He was gay, and despite his heroism in the war effort, he feared he'd be prosecuted and persecuted because of it. Homosexual activity was a crime in England at the time. Despite Turing's best efforts to hide his personal life, he was ultimately found out, kicked out of government work, and made to endure a punishment that was cruel and crippling - so much so that Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an official apology in 2009, more than fifty years after the brilliant Turing had died, presumably from suicide.
Turing's story is both an inspiring and tragic one. And even in this brief glimpse it seems that Benedict Cumberbatch has taken to heart the great duty of conveying Turing's tale to the world. We're eager to see how The Imitation Game will play out this fall.
To see The Imitation Game's much different international trailer, click to the next page.