Another day, another movie Leonardo DiCaprio might make. While he does love storing up an almost ridiculous amount of potential projects, this one is a little more intriguing than most, as well as being a role he could be extremely good in. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has bought the spect script The Imitiation Game, with DiCaprio having ‘the inside track’ the play the lead role.
That would see him as British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing. ‘Informed’ by Andrew Hodges’ definitive biography, ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’, the film will look at the shy man who is now seen by many as the father of modern computing. His work led to the creation of some of the first computers, which were used to help the Allies decode German communications during WWII. However due to the sensitive nature of his work, his contribution wasn’t officially recognised for many years.
Indeed, rather than being praised by his country, he was persecuted for being gay, which led to depression, the destruction of his career and him eventually killing himself by eating a cyanide-laced apple. It’s an incredible story, and with increased interest in Turing in recent years, it was only time until Hollywood moved forward with a movie about him.
Deadline adds that’s they’ve heard Ron Howard is interested in directing the project. If he does, he’d better not de-gay this genius as he did with John Nash in A Beautiful Mind, or he’ll be walking into a storm of protest. And presuming Turing’s gayness is left intact, it would be another movie for DiCaprio about someone with a complex sexuality following J. Edgar.
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