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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’

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Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his role of Sherlock on BBCs series adaption of Sherlock Holmes and as the voice behind the dragon Smaug in the second installation of “The Hobbit”, plays the role of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who was ‘convicted of gross indecency after engaging in homosexual relations’.

Recently, the mathematician received a posthumous royal pardon but the film will still be released with Cumberbatch in his new role as the wartime codebreaker in ‘The Imitation Game’. 

The 37-year-old actor looks the part in production photos, wearing a smart pin-striped shirt, trouser braces and a polka-dot bow tie, with his hair neatly parted.

The photo was posed on Christmas Eve, the same day as the Queen officially pardoned Alan Turing over sixty years after he was convicted of homosexuality, which was illegal in the UK until 1967.

‘In honor of today's Royal Pardon, please find the first still released from the upcoming film, The Imitation Game,’ the tweet reads.

‘The Imitation Game’ follows the English mathematician and logician as he helps to crack the Enigma code, with Kiera Knightly starring as fellow cryptanalyst Joan Clarke.

Billed as a nail-biting race against time during the darkest days of the Second World War, the film is based on Andrew Hodges’ biography, “Alan Turing: The Enigma”.

The movie also stars Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear and Matthew Beard.

The movie is filmed in various locations across England, amongst them Bletchley Park, where Turing worked throughout the war, Buckinghamshire town Chesham and Bicester Airfield in Oxfordshire.

Turing's life has previously been documented in TV show Britain's Greatest Codebreaker, with Ed Stoppard taking the lead role.

No release date has been set, but it is expected that ‘The Imitation Game’ will come out in late 2014.

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