Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game?

News 1 Feb 2013 - 20:31
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The long gestating biopic of Alan Turing may finally have found its leading man...

Ever since the screenplay for the project came out on top of the 2011 list of the best unproduced scripts, The Imitation Game has been a film that's seemed on the verge of being greenlit. Graham Moore's script is obviously widely liked, and Morten Tyldum is all set to direct the film. Tyldum - who helmed the excellent Headhunters - replaced original director J Blakeson.

Last summer, Leonardo DiCaprio, who had also been attached to The Imitation Game for some time, stepped away from the role of Alan Turing, and thus the film appeared to be left in some kind of limbo. However, salvation may have arrived, from the direction of Baker Street.

It's being reported that Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks to take the role of the British mathematician, whose code cracking prowess proved pivotal in World War II. Turing, after his heroic efforts, was eventually prosecuted for homosexuality, ultimately taking his own life.

It's arguably Cumberbatch's biggest big screen role to date, and an actor of his calibre sounds like a fine choice for such a complex character. We'll keep you posted as we hear more...

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Cumberbatch is the 21st century Laurence Olivier but mixed with a touch of Peter Finch and Paul Schofield. Awesome talent

This is good news. As much as I love DiCaprio, I just couldn't picture him in the role. Cumberbatch looks a bit like Turing and I feel he's a better fit for the role. He's good at playing geeky roles like Starter for 10 where he played Patrick Watts.

Derek Jacobi made an excellent job of portraying Turing on tv some years ago.

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