Does he pass the Turing test?
Here’s our very first glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, a biopic of master codebreaker Alan Turing.
This photo, the first still to be released from the production, was timed to be released with the news that Turing had been granted a posthumous royal pardon.
The Imitation Game is the first major film to detail the life and work of Turing. It’s being directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) in his English-language debut, and also stars Mark Strong, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.
The screenplay, by Graham Moore, topped 2011’s Black List, the annual list of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.
Turing was a mathematical and scientific genius, often cited as the father of modern computing, who played an instrumental role in World War II.
During the war, he headed up the team at Bletchley Park which cracked the Enigma, the German cipher machine used by the Nazis to transmit secret messages.
According to some estimates, his efforts shortened the war by as much as two years, and saved thousands of lives.
However, he was also a homosexual, which was still illegal during his lifetime, and was convicted in 1952. He received an experimental chemical castration and committed suicide shortly after. The royal pardon follows a long campaign to clear Turing’s name.