The first trailer for the highly anticipated film about gay World War II code breaker and computing genius Alan Turing, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has been released.
The Imitation Game tells the true story of how Turing (played by Cumberbatch – BBC’s Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness) was recruited to crack the Nazi communication code. His success is credited with playing a key part in ending the war.
Turing (1912 – 1954) has been described as the father of computing and artificial intelligence. He was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexuality and was given the choice of imprisonment or chemical castration. Turing chose the latter but a year later, at the age of 41, he committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
The Imitation Game is based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It also stars Keira Knightley and is set to be released later this year.
Could this be the next big gay film? Perhaps but it remain unclear to what degree Turing’s sexuality will be dealt with in the movie.
Last year, the film’s producers dismissed rumours that The Imitation Game downplays his homosexuality. Turing was recently granted a posthumous royal pardon by the Queen for his homosexuality conviction.
Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think.