Benedict Cumberbatch To Take On Alan Turing Role?

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch looks set to take on the role of World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing in an upcoming biopic about the Bletchley Park genius, Deadline have revealed.

Initially it had been thought that Leonardo DiCaprio would be the man to take on Turing in the adaptation of Graham Moor's book The Imitation Game, but given his recent declaration that he is to take a step back from filming for the time being, it looks as though Cumberbatch may be the man for the job.

2001's Enigma was the last film to concentrate on the war-winning efforts of the Bletchley Park decryption centre workers, although in that film Turing, a homosexual criminalised for his sexual preferences in 1952, was writen out in favour of a heterosexual character named Jericho. A move that drew grave criticism from critics and Turing-enthusiasts alike.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has a busy filming schedule ahead already with a starring role as the villainous John Harrison in the new Star Trek film, Star Trek: Into Darkness, as well as portraying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a film about his life titled The Fifth Estate. The Fifth Estate is scheduled to open in the US on November 15, but the UK release date has yet to be confirmed, whilst the Star Trek sequel will be released on May 17.

Watch the trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness below.


Contactmusic

Tags: Benedict Cumberbatch - Leonardo Dicaprio

Advertisement

More Benedict Cumberbatch

'The Imitation Game' Wins Toronto Prize - But What Does it Mean for the Oscars?

The Imitation Game, the Weinstein produced World War II drama about the scientist and mathematician Alan Turing, has won the Grolsch's People's Choice Award at...

'Sherlock' Cast "Reduced to Tears" After Being Told Season 4 Plot

Steven Moffat, the creator of BBC drama Sherlock, has set tongues wagging after discussing details of the forthcoming fourth season of the show. Steven Moffat...

'Jungle Book: Origins' Adds Benedict Cumberbatch As Voice of Shere Khan

Benedict Cumberbatch is adding to his impressive list of voice roles by joining the cast of ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ to play the villainous tiger Shere...

Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Warner Bros. steams ahead with its planned The Jungle Book: Origins movie by announcing Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the tiger Shere Khan, the...

Advertisement

Creative Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 [Pictures]

The stars stepped out onto the red carpet for one of the glitziest ceremonies of awards season: the Creative Primetime Emmys.Having previously won for NBC's...

Can Benedict Cumberbatch Help Make Penguins Of Madagascar A Christmas Hit? [Trailer]

DreamWorks Animation have been trying to get a film together for the penguins ever since the success of the 2005 film Madagascar. Since then the...

Penguins of Madagascar Trailer

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private return from Madagascar with their own adventure as formidable and super sharp espionage agents. Their world is under threat from...

Middle Earth is Ravaged By War in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' [Trailer + Pictures]

As promised by the release of Smaug from Eribor, war has descended upon Middle Earth and threatens to strip landscape of peace, serenity and beauty....

Advertisement

Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Benedict Cumberbatch

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All