First Trailers: "The Imitation Game"

By Garth Franklin Monday July 21st 2014 10:25AM
First Trailers: "The Imitation Game"

The first footage has arrived for the potential major awards contender "The Imitation Game" in the form of two quite different trailers. The Weinstein Company and Studio Canal have released a U.S. trailer and a U.K. teaser respectively for Morten Tyldum's film, a biopic of computer genius and WWII hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear and Allen Leech also star in the story of Turing whose work at Bletchley Park helped cracked the German 'Enigma Code' which was essential to the Allies winning World War II. Rather than celebrated as a hero though, he was chemically castrated by his own Government and ultimately committed suicide.

The UK trailer at the top plays this very much as a straightforward thriller about the code's cracking. The U.S. trailer is a more sentimental and wider ranging piece about the impact the code cracking has on both the characters and the war itself. The film has just been announced as the opening movie of the London Film Festival, and is expected to be announced this week as part of the Toronto Film Festival's line-up.