Star Trek villain to play Alan Turing

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“Star Trek Into Darkness” star Benedict Cumberbatch looks to play English mathematician Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”, which Morten Tyldum directs for Warners.

Deadline says ”I hear it will be Cumberbatch (he’s in deep conversations but hasn’t yet signed a deal) who plays the genius most responsible for cracking the German “Enigma Code” during World War II that helped the Allies stave off defeat, and who would later be prosecuted by Britain for in the early 1950s for being a homosexual.
In what seems shocking today, the hero was forced to make a radical choice, and he chose chemical castration over prison. He was so demoralized that he eventually committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.”

In 2011, Graham Moore’s script was picked up by Leonardo Di Caprio, who planned to produce and star in the film.