THE IMITATION GAME Trailers Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

The Weinstein Company has released two trailers for one of this year’s most anticipated films, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring WW2 drama The Imitation Game, also starring Kiera Knightley and Charles Dance.

Sherlock star Cumberbatch portrays Alan Turing, the genius British cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s Enigma Code and helped the Allies win WWII, but his homosexuality made him a target of persecution.

Knightley co-stars as Turing’s confidante and fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke. Directed by Norwegian Morten Tyldum, the film opens November 21st, and also stars Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Goodman-Hill, Rory Kinnear and Matthew Beard.

The film also opens the 58th BFI London Film Festival on October 8th.

Check out one a teaser from the UK:

and the other the official domestic trailer:

Hollywood has a bad habit of attaching playboy characteristics to people like Turing when put on the big screen. Let’s hope this isn’t the case. Trailers look good though.

And here’s an excerpt from the press release for the film opening the London Film Festival:

The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

THE IMITATION GAME stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, TV’s Sherlock) and Keira Knightley (Atonement) as close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top notch cast including Matthew Goode (A Single Man), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, TV’s Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (In Fear, TV’s Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, 2012 BAFTA nominee for Headhunters, directs from a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.