Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, "The Imitation Game" has been slated to open the 58th BFI London Film Festival. The showing, which will take place on October 8, will be the European premiere of the film, and Cumberbatch, co-star Keira Knightley and director Morten Tyldum are expected to be in attendance.
Turing, a pioneer in computing technology is hailed today as a hero of the Second World War. He is credited with breaking the German Enigma code, leading to an accelerated victory for the allies and saving thousands of lives. In spite of his patriotic work during the darkest days of the war, Turing eventually became a victim of an unenlightened British establishment. Cumberbatch is joined by co-stars Knightley as close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard.
Director Morten Tyldum said, "I am thrilled to be returning to London to share 'The Imitation Game' with the audience of the BFI London Film Festival. The experience of directing this film has been so tremendously rewarding, and I am humbled to share Alan's Turing's incredible story on Opening Night."
Studiocanal is in charge of the U.K. release but Filmnation Entertainment has distribution rights for the U.S. and other international markets. The rest of the slate for the BFI London Film Festival will be announced on September 3. The festival, which partners with American Express, will run from October 8-19.