Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley Are Playing ‘The Imitation Game’

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Well this is interesting. After appearing on The Black List in 2011, Graham Moore’s The Imitation Game was going to tell the story of computing pioneer Alan Turing under the wing of Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros., but the studio dropped the project in August 2012. Black Bear Pictures (Broken City, A.C.O.D.) took over production duties and then signed Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) to direct, but things have been quiet for almost a year.

This week, news broke that Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley would star in the film — playing Turing and code-breaker Joan Clarke respectively — and now we can report that principal photography has actually started as of yesterday. The film focuses on Turing’s life, particularly during WWII when he and a team were attempting to crack the Nazi Enigma Code, and it also stars Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Rory Kinnear.

Obviously a lot of events from 2011 are culminating into an interesting project here. Black Bear was launched that year, Moore’s script hit The Black List then and Tyldum’s breakout Headhunters premiered at festivals in 2011 as well. It’s excellent to see this vision finally come to fruition, and it looks on track for its planned 2014 release. Now if they can only get the movie to trick people into think it’s a sentient being.


A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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