Mark Strong & More Join 'Imitation Game' with Clint Mansell Scoring
Earlier this year, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch would take the lead in 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. Now THR reports the film (in production) has rounded out the cast with Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) and Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) joining Keira Knightley, who also has a supporting role in the film Norwegian Headhunters filmmaker Morten Tyldum. More below!
In addition, the cast will also feature Charles Dance (Gosford Park), Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey") and Matthew Beard (An Education). The script (which made the Black List in 2011) also follows Turing's work cracking the German “Enigma Code” during World War II which was integral the Allies stave off defeat. However, the genius would later be prosecuted by Britain in the early 1950s for being a homosexual. In a surprising decision, the man chose to be chemically castrated as opposed to spending time in prison. Eventually, the man decided to take his own life by way of a cyanide-laced apple. So it's not exactly the most happy story, though it's certainly a provoking real-life chronicle of a genius.
And if that cast isn't good enough for you, well maybe this will get you interested. The official Twitter account for the film has revealed that master composer Clint Mansell will be providing the score for the film. Mansell has provided the spectacular scores for films like Black Swan, The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream from Darren Aronofsky, not to mention Duncan Jones' Moon and Park Chan-wook's Stoker. As of now, The Imitation Game doesn't have a US distributor, but Studio Canal will send it to theaters in the UK. It's a low budget film so we're not sure how wide of a release it will get so stay tuned.