First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing revealed

'Sherlock' actor will play mathematician and codebreaker in new biopic

The first photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing has been revealed.

The image, which you can see at the top of the page, is taken from the forthcoming biopic The Imitation Game and was published online by the project’s official Twitter account. The film will co-star Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode, and will be directed by by Morten Tyldum. The script has been adapted by first-time writer Graham Moore from the book Alan Turing: The Enigma. The movie will be produced by Black Bear Pictures.

Alan Turing was a mathematician and codebreaker who solved the Enigma Code, which helped lead the Allies to victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. Following the war, Turning became a key figure in developing computers at the University Of Manchester.

In 1952, Turing was prosecuted by the UK Government for being gay, when homosexuality was still deemed illegal in the country. He was sentenced to probation on the condition he underwent chemical castration, and he later committed suicide on June 7, 1954.

However, earlier this month (December 24) Turing was given a posthumous royal pardon 59 years after his death. Announcing the decision, justice secretary Chris Grayling said: “Dr Turing deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science. A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man.”

Benedict Cumberbatch took the lead role in another biopic earlier this year, when he portrayed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the film The Fifth Estate. He is currently starring as the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and will reprise his leading role in Sherlock as the famous detective on BBC One on New Year’s Day.