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Leonardo DiCaprio as Math Genius Alan Turing in 'Imitation Game'?

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October 12, 2011
Source: Deadline

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The chronicle of mathematician John Nash in A Beautiful Mind dabbled in the codebreaking needed during World War II, but now Warner Bros. has picked up a new spec script with all its focus on a certain codebreaker and math genius. Deadline reports the studio has paid seven-figures for The Imitation Game, a script from first-time screenwriter Graham Moore which follows Alan Turing, an important man of British history said to be the father of computer science as he played a pivotal role in the creation of the modern computer. In addition, apparently Leonardo DiCaprio "has the inside track" to play the lead role.

Along with DiCaprio's interest, Ron Howard is said to have an eye towards directing the film as well. Deadline says many insiders have called The Imitation Game the best script they've read in years with one saying, "Think The King’s Speech without the huge uplifting ending,”. Sounds like it could be a bit depressing, but with a genius like Turing, who was a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple, his story seems ripe with drama for the big screen. On a topical note, some have said that Steve Jobs named his company Apple as a tribute to the man who essentially made his career possible.

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  • Xerxexx
    Sweet!
  • http://twitter.com/El_MUERkO El_MUERkO
    Turing is a legend, without him the Allies wouldn't have cracked the Enigma code and German subs would have ruled the Atlantic sinking ships at will. Unfortunately after the WW2 and with the cold war getting colder the British establishment considered his sexuality a risk to national security and they hounded him constantly.I went to Bletchley Park where he worked during the war, really cool stuff there, they built the first computer there to help decode messages.
  • http://www.facebook.com/gshauger Geoffrey Shauger
    Awesome!
  • http://missgeeky.com/ Miss Geeky
    Great that they're making a movie about Turing. I just visited Bletchley Park a couple of weeks ago, and the entire history about the code breaking during the war is amazing.  However, I really don't want to see Leonardo DiCaprio as Turing. He just doesn't seem right for it.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Fontaine/1433889990 Bobby Fontaine
    BREAKING NEWS - a gruesome tale of how Steven Tyler’s assistant Ray Tabano tried to kill Tyler’s teenage girlfriend to get rid of Tyler’s unborn child. When she survived the fire, Tyler forced her to abort their baby boy while surrounded by doctors and lawyers as he snorted cocaine. His aborted son (later named Mike by Julia) however survived the horrifying late term procedure. He was left to suffocate as his father watched him gasp his first and last breathes or air.     Julia Holcomb Interview Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSxQse70KGA

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