Black Bear Pictures has released the first official photo from The Imitation Game, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing, who helped Great Britain crack Germany's Enigma Code during the war. Despite loyal service to his country, Alan Turing was charged with the "crime" of "homosexuality" by the British government in 1952, and given the choice of prison time or an experimental chemical castration. He chose castration, resulting in his loss of security clearance. Two years later, he died after eating an apple laced with cyanide. The photo was released in honor of Alan Turing's official Royal Pardon that was issued posthumously on Christmas Eve, 61 years after his death. Take a look at Benedict Cumberbatch in character as Alan Turing from director Morten Tyldum's biopic.
In honor of today's Royal Pardon, please find the first still released from the upcoming film, The Imitation Game. pic.twitter.com/qdJFHSAYj2— The Imitation Game (@tigmovie) December 24, 2013
The Imitation Game comes to theaters November 21st, 2014 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Tuppence Middleton, Rory Kinnear. The film is directed by Morten Tyldum.