Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in new images from The Imitation Game

The Sherlock actor plays codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing opposite Knightley as his close friend and one-time fiancé Joan Clarke


There are still five months to go until The Imitation Game hits British cinemas but the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch has already commanded record fees for US distribution rights and is generating plenty of early buzz from test screenings


Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer scientist who had a major role in the Bletchley Park team that cracked the German Enigma code during the Second World War. But instead of focusing solely on his intelligence and skill, The Imitation Game will deal with Turing’s struggle with homophobia which eventually led him to take his own life in 1954. 

Sherlock actor Cumberbatch – already being touted as a potential 2015 Oscars contender for his performance – is joined by Keira Knightley, who plays Turing’s one-time fiancé Joan Clarke, and Mark Strong as Stewart Menzies, chief of MI6 and the British Secret Intelligence Service. All three are pictured in this new still from the film which is released in cinemas on 14 November.

The trio are joined by Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Rory Kinnear and Matthew Goode in the code-breaking drama. “It’s such a complex story,” director Morten Tyldum told Empire magazine. “It was the gay rights element, but also how [Turing’s] ideas were kept secret and how incredibly important his work was during the war, that he was never given credit for it.”


To see another exclusive image from the film, head to the Empire website