The true story of legendary British mathematician and cryptologist Alan Turing is coming to the big screen. The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, will chronicle the scientist’s efforts to crack Nazi Germany’s top-secret Enigma Code.
Although Turing was a genius who helped the Allies win the war, his personal life was not without turmoil. One particularly intriguing tagline for the movie reads, “It took a man with secrets to break the biggest one.”
The cast also features Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Matthew Goode (The Good Wife) and Charles Dance, who most recently played Tywin Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Best known for his roles in Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness, Cumberbatch has made his admiration for Turing well known. He told Entertainment Weekly, “He’s an exceptional man. I hope this film does justice to this unsung hero.”
Directing the movie is Morten Tyldum, best known for the crime thrillers Headhunters and Fallen Angels. TV writer Graham Moore drafted the screenplay.
The Imitation Game is due in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2014.
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