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Here’s Your First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

We brought you news earlier this week of computer genius Alan Turing finally being pardoned for his 1952 conviction for homosexuality. Now here’s the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, playing Turing. Coincidence? We think not. Never underestimate Hollywood, folks. The film will also star Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, and Charles Dance.

(via Collider)

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  • Steven M. Long

    Very cool. Definitely looking forward to this!

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Actually, I disagree. I had no idea until a year or so ago that it was Cumberbatch in Atonement and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He is a chameleon.

  • Miss Cephalopod

    I’m kind of torn – I don’t see him at all in Sherlock and with his Cabin Pressure voice-acting (and Smaug, I guess, but there’s a lot of layers to see through) but everything else I kind of can’t unsee as Cumberbatch right now. Maybe I need to watch more of his stuff.

  • pinakulo

    See, that’s the reason why I think Gary Oldman didn’t become the big star he should be. He’s too anonymous. I love him and he’s handsome but he’s too chameleonic to the point of non-distinction and for the movie-going public, actors like that usually pass unnoticed.

    Cumberbatch on the other hand has a very distinct face that makes him standout effortlessly. I’ve seen Parade’s End and Sherlock back-to-back and he changes his demeanor, his speech, his whole body to portray a character differently. That’s why I will not judge a character as a whole from a mere movie still. Cumberbatch is ugly-handsome and he’s one of those guys one should see in motion to eventually “get.”

  • Anonymous

    Yes! That will be my rationalization too!! (heads to Netflix)