Cumberbatch plays an English genius in ‘The Imitation Game’

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

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As one of Britain’s most exciting actor, Benedict Cumberbatch will inevitably cause a stir with every role he takes. Having conquered the blockbuster genre with his turn in Star Trek into Darkness, he’s now turning his hand to the world of prestige drama.

With his upcoming film The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch could be making a play for Oscar glory next February.

Take a look at this first trailer.

Based on true events, Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a genius mathematician involved in cracking the Enigma code. Turing’s contribution to Allied victory during the Second World War is matched only by his pioneering achievements in the world of computing.

By the look of the trailer, the film will cover both his time at Bletchley Park as well as his life after the war, when he became persecuted for his sexual orientation.

Alongside Cumberbatch is a sterling British cast, including Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong. The film is directed by Morten Tyldum, whose last film was the excellent Norwegian thriller Headhunters.

The Imitation Game opens the London Film Festival this October

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