Benedict Cumberbatch Cracks Codes in Two 'Imitation Game' Trailers
by Ethan Anderton
July 21, 2014
The stellar Benedict Cumberbatch has had some fun lately with Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (and more action in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this winter), but this fall we'll see him in a lower profile drama called The Imitation Game. In the film from Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), Cumberbatch plays real-life mathematician and cryptologist who was responsible for cracking a code that helped win World War II. But he wasn't treated like a hero when he was prosecuted for being a homosexual at a time when it was made illegal in the United Kingdom. Now two trailers have arrived, showing Cumberbatch has some Oscar potential for sure. Watch!
Here's the first trailer for Morten Tyldrum's The Imitation Game from The Weinstein Company:
And here's a completely different trailer from across the pond from Studio Canal UK:
The Imitation Game is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) and written by Graham Moore, making his feature writing debut. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong also star in the film which The Weinstein Company will release just before Thanksgiving on November 21st.