In 1952 English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist Alan Turing was arrested during a police investigation about a robbery in his own home. Turing’s sexuality was revealed in police’s process, submitting him to arrest for gross indecency. He was then prosecuted for being a homosexual, choosing chemical castration over prison. The process proved more than harrowing for the genius, and in June of 1954, Turing committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple. Snow White had always been his favorite fairy tale.
And now more than half a century later, the man who single-handedly cracked the German "Enigma Code" during WWII will be getting his biopic, The Imitation Game. Written by Graham Moore and featured on the 2011 Black List, the film has had some trouble getting its feet off the ground. Earlier in the year Leonardo Dicaprio was slated to star in the picture but ended up not being able to fully commit to the project, leaving it floundering. Black Bear Pictures signed on to finance the film with Headhunters director Morten Tyldum at the helm.
And now, it’s reported that in-demand English actor Benedict Cumberbatch is on the verge of filling in DiCaprio’s shoes and taking on the lead role as Turing. His involvement in the film has not become official now but one can only hope it will soon. This would be an incredible part of the talented actor who first charmed us in Sherlock and now has directors and writers knocking down his door. We’ll be keeping you posted on this one for sure.