Leonardo DiCpario’s never been in danger of being pigeonholed as an actor. The versatile talent easily transitions from role to role, whether he’s playing a con artist (Catch Me If You Can), a brilliant entrepreneur (The Aviator) or an undercover agent (The Departed). So as he prepares the play a vicious plantation owner in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, it’s no real surprise that the A-lister’s lining up a future project the sounds completely different.

DiCaprio is keen to play Alan Turing for Warner Bros., according to Deadline. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know Turing was a math genius, a numbers wizard used to crack enemy codes in WWII. DiCaprio reportedly has been chasing down the man’s life story, and first-time screenwriter Graham Moore has penned a treatment that Warner grabbed for DiCaprio to headline. Deadline adds that Ron Howard might be interested in directing, but that man has a slew of projects on this plate, so take that with a grain of salt.

Moore’s script, titled The Imitation Game, is earning raves. The man’s life is a tragedy. For those who don’t know, he was a tortured soul torn apart by his closeted homosexuality. That immediately calls to mind DiCpario’s next role, J. Edgar Hoover, also for Warner. But Turing’s story – which doesn’t end well – is drawing comparisons to A Beautiful Mind and The King’s Speech Just potentially more depressing. In the right hands, and with DiCaprio in the lead, The Imitation Game has Oscar potential. But a lot can happen between purchased-script and finished film. We’ll keep you posted on details as they emerge.

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