Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the genius Alan Turing, The Imitation Game is a biopic revolving around the renowned scientist and inventor’s life before and during WWII. Alan Turing was tasked with breaking the German Enigma code and succeeded, giving the British the tools to decode every intercepted Wehrmacht transmission, bringing the war to an early end and advancing the progress of computer science. Together with his team of cryptographers, he spent months and months at Bletchley Park, the British Army’s cryptography HQ.
After the war, he was prosecuted for being openly homosexual, and accepted chemical castration by estrogen injections as an alternative to a prison sentence. It took until 2013 for the Queen of England to posthumously grant him a royal pardon to acquit him of these charges.
The script is based on the novel Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Co-starring alongside Cumberbatch are Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, and Matthew Goode. The Imitation Game will premiere in UK cinemas on November 14th, in the US on November 21. The rest of Europe will probably get it in early 2015, but the details are still fuzzy.