Benedict Cumberbatch is currently in London filming The Imitation Game, in which he plays the legendary code-breaker Alan Turing.

During World War II, Turing used his knowledge as a mathematician and logician to crack the impossible German Enigma code. Though Leonardo DiCaprio was rumored to have been interested in the role, Cumberbatch landed the historical part.

Keira Knightley, who costarred with Cumberbatch in Atonement, stars in The Imitation Game as Turing's fellow code-breaker and friend Joan Clarke, according to a press release. Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) are also among the star-studded British cast.

Turing’s story was chronicled in Andrew Hodges' 1983 biography Alan Turn: The Enigma, which was adapted to a screenplay by Graham Moore. Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) is set to helm the picture.

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The Imitation Game is just the latest Cumberbatch project that has technology as a primary focus. The actor recently wrapped filming The Fifth Estate in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and assumed the role of Khan in Star Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

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