A new trailer for The Imitation Game, the upcoming movie about World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, has been released in anticipation of its theatrical opening in November.
Watch it below.
Turing was a genius whose code-breaking skills contributed greatly to informing Ally intelligence during World War II, helped create the field of computing, and created theories around what defines artificial intelligence so far ahead of their time we still use them today—but because he refused to hide his sexuality, none of that saved him from Britain’s indecency law.
The film portrays Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) during the most significant events of his life: his time as an unhappy teenager in boarding school; his wartime work on and triumph over the Enigma machine, the cipher machine Nazi Germany used to encrypt all military texts; and the tragedy of his final years, less than a decade after the war, after he was convicted of “gross indecency” for his relationship with another man.
Over half a century after Alan Turing (allegedly) committed suicide following his conviction for “gross indecency,” Queen Elizabeth II pardoned him on December 24, 2013. In honor of the historic move, Black Bear Pictures released the first official image of Cumberbatch as Turing on December 26.
The movie has seen a limited release at film festivals, where it has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. It also won both the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival and the prestigious People’s Choice Award for Best Film at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.
However, it has received some criticism for historical inaccuracies, especially by biographer Andrew Hodges. The author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, which the movie was based on, he said in June 2013 that the script for The Imitation Game built up Turing’s relationship with fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke (played by Keira Knightley) “much more than it actually was.”
The real Turing did in fact propose marriage to Clarke, but the engagement didn’t last long—he soon admitted he was gay and decided to break it off.
If the trailers are any indication, though, the issue of Turing’s sexuality isn’t shied away from. In one scene, he asks, “What if I don’t fancy Joan in that way?”
A moment later, a newspaper is shown with the headline “Cambridge Professor Sentenced for Indecency”—and the picture is of Turing.
The Imitation Game will be released in the UK on November 14 and in the US on November 21.