The Imitation Game is already being talked of as an early contender for the Oscars 2015 and its release date certainly puts it in prime position as awards season fodder.
The Alan Turing biopic – starring Benedict Cumberbatch opposite Keira Knightley – will be launched in UK cinemas on 14 November 2014, a week before its US release date.
Also featuring British actors Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Rory Kinnear, the film caused quite a stir in industry circles earlier this year when Harvey Weinstein – the man behind Oscar-winners The Artist, The King’s Speech and Silver Linings Playbook – forked out a record-breaking sum for the US distribution rights.
The upcoming flick will see the Sherlock actor portray the gifted cryptographer who played a key role in deciphering the Naxis’ Enigma code during the Second World War, only to be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, eventually committing suicide in 1954. Knightley stars as his close friend and one-time fiancée Joan Clarke, although Turing’s niece, Inagh Payne, has already accused the film of “trying to romanticise” the pair’s relationship.
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