Benedict Cumberbatch


Benedict Cumberbatch has already broken the code to get into a number of fans' hearts, but now he's heading to the big screen to crack Nazi Germany's "Enigma Code" during WWII—and that one's a little tougher.

Doing his part to depict yet another historical event, the 38-year-old actor will be portraying Alan Turing, the real-life British mathematician and computer scientist, in the upcoming film The Imitation Game. And the Weinstein Company has just released the first trailer for the flick, giving fans a peek at what to expect four months before its Nov. 21 release in the United States.

"We're going to break an unbreakable Nazi Code and win the war," he tells fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, who is played by Keira Knightley.

Of course, the movie offers viewers plenty of anxiety-ridden moments (after all, they're trying to break a code that could get them killed), but one of the most interesting parts is when the audience learns that the man who is responsible for breaking one of the biggest secrets in history, is also keeping a pretty big secret of his own.

Despite his lifesaving achievements, Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexuality under an 1885 law, a conviction that the Queen of England only pardoned at the end of last year. The trailer focuses on his wartime obstacles and accomplishments, but the film is said to cover more of Turing's life story than just the war years.

(Speaking of royals, Kate Middleton's grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, the mother of Kate's father Michael, served as a civilian staff member at Bletchley Park during World War II. It was the home of the U.K.'s Government Code and Cypher School, the country's code-breaking center that was often dubbed a "spy school.")

The Imitation Game is directed by Morten Tyldum and also stars Mark Strong and Matthew Goode.

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