Benedict Cumberbatch builds a code breaking machine to defeat the Nazis in the latest trailer for WWII drama The Imitation Game.
The true-life tale of codebreaker and computer boffin Alan Turing will make its UK premiere opening the London Film Festival on October 8.
Described as “a nail-biting race against time” The Imitation Game 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 was a visionary who was eventually persecuted for his personal life and responsible for saving thousands of lives with his genius reckoned to have significantly shortened the conflict. Keira Knightley stars as his close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke. The film also features Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong (Kick Ass) and Rory Kinnear (Skyfall).
The Imitation Game won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last month. The TIFF award is voted for by members of the film industry, attending press and filmgoers. It is seen as a strong indicator of awards season glory. Previous winners of the award that went on to achieve Oscars success include Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years A Slave.
Cumberbatch is strongly tipped to earn an Oscar nomination for his performance. The actor was honoured in August at the Emmy television awards in LA, winning the award for best actor in a mini-series for Sherlock.
The Imitation Game is released in cinemas November 14. Watch the new trailer below.