Alan Turing biopic will open 58th London Film Festival

The London film festival will open with the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s Sherlock) as the celebrated wartime code breaker.

Described as “a nail-biting race against time” the film follows Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Turing is credited with saving thousands of lives with his genius reckoned to have significantly shortened the conflict.

Also starring Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, The Imitation Game boasts a stellar cast featuring Matthew Goode (A Single Man), Mark Strong (Kick Ass), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) and Matthew Bear (An Education).

Cumberbatch is currently filming Boston crime drama Black Mass with Johnny Depp – the two actors are set to appear as the infamous Bulger brothers. Scott Cooper’s film will reach cinemas in autumn next year and also stars Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sienna Miller, Juno Temple and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom).

The Imitation Game will raise the curtain on the London film festival on October 8th and will be released in cinemas November 14th.