Benedict Cumberbatch Might Star In ‘The Imitation Game’
Turns out, Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to star in the film The Imitation Game, a movie that was initially going to star Leonardo DiCaprio. For some reason DiCaprio exited the project and so did Warner Bros that had bought the screenplay written by Graham Moore for quite a substantial sum. Morten Tyldum has been roped in to direct the film. For those unaware, The Imitation Game is a film CBS centered around a brilliant cryptanalyst Alan Turing whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies and whose homosexuality made him a target of prosecution.
The story is a tragic reflection of the society in that era, in which a man who served his nation is prosecuted simply because he is gay. Although an actor of Leonardo’s talent would have truly worked his magic in such a role, Benedict Cumberbatch should he sign on the dotted line, surely wouldn’t prove to be a bad choice either. In addition, Alan Turing was a Brit and so is Cumberbatch which makes his playing the part that much more apt. It’s a good thing that this movie is being made, as it’s important for people to know how smart a man Turing was.
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He was not only instrumental in helping the allies during the war, but also in developing computer science. Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, all his talents were overlooked and the man was judged only by his sexual preference. Turing was not only convicted for being a homosexual but was also given hormonal treatment so his homosexuality which was at that time considered a disease, could be cured. Basically, the hormonal treatment was meant to reduce his libido. The treatment resulted in Turing becoming impotent, besides it causing other medical complications.
Eventually and rather tragically, Turing ended his suffering and his humiliation that he had faced at the hands of an ungrateful nation, by consuming cyanide and killing himself. It can be safely said that Turing unfortunately was born in an era that truly didn’t deserve someone like him. It would be interesting to see, how intricately his life would be covered in the film, and if every significant detail is depicted it would surely make many a bigot squirm in their seats. Here’s hoping this film brings Alan Turing, the recognition he genuinely deserved during his lifetime.
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