Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley star in trailer for new Alan Turing film The Imitation Game

Actors star as friends and fellow code breakers working at Bletchley Park

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The first trailer for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing has been unveiled for the first time.

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The film follows the pioneering code breaker and his team at Bletchley Park in a race against time to break the German Enigma code during the darkest days of World War II.

The movie, which will open this year’s London Film Festival, stars Keira Knightley as Turing’s friend and fellow code breaker Joan Clarke, who worked alongside Turing in Bletchley Park.

Cumberbatch stars as the esoteric outsider, a tortured genius-like character he has often played before in Sherlock, The Fifth Estate and the forthcoming film Black Mass.

The British cast also includes Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard.

Turing, whose genius is attributed to significantly shortening the length of WWII, helped save thousands of lives after discovering the algorithm to break the Nazi’s code.


After his time at Bletchley Park, he was prosecuted for homosexuality and accepted treatment with oestrogen injections as an alternative to prison.

He died in 1954 in what many believe to have been a suicide.

The Imitation Game will open in cinemas in the UK on 24 November.

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