The Imitation Game, a film set in World War II about the unsung Mathematician, Alan Turing, began principle photography in the UK yesterday.
Benedict Cumberbatch will play the mathematical genius that is Alan Turing, whilst Kiera Knightley will star as Turing’s close friend and fellow mathematician, Joan Clarke. On top of this, they will be joined by a cast that includes: Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard.
As well as the cast, there are many talented crew members helping behind the cameras. It is being directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters). The screenplay, written by Graham Moore, is based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges.
There is also editor William Goldenberg (Argo), Production Designer Maria Djerkovic (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), hair and make-up designer Ivanna Primorac (Anna Karenina), casting director Nina Gold (Les Miserables) and composer Clint Mansell (Black Swan).
Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman is producing along with Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky, with Moore executive producing and Peter Heslop (The King’s Speech) as co-producer.
The film will portray Turing cracking the ‘German Enigma Code’ with his team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, taking place during some of the darkest days of the war. Turing’s contributions during this time shortened the war by a significant amount, and was thought to have saved thousands of lives as a result of this.
The Imitation Game should come out in 2014, but the exact release date is not yet known.