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Illustration for article titled British computing pioneer Alan Turing to be played by computer-generated British person Benedict Cumberbatch

Unable to convince Leonardo DiCaprio to once again put on some nice midcentury suits and play British mathematician and computer science father Alan Turing, the producers of The Imitation Game have, fittingly, moved on to Benedict Cumberbatch, the complex script file that allows users to produce the most British person possible. Cumberbatch, currently starring in a biopic of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is in talks to play this far less controversial computer-related figure for Headhunters director Morten Tyldum, who will tell the story of Turing’s rise to national glory for cracking the Nazis’ “Enigma Code,” only to be rewarded with government persecution for his homosexuality and eventually chemical castration, leading to his committing suicide by eating a poisoned apple. Turing was also behind The Turing Test, which is designed to determine whether machine can be distinguished from human—the modern answer to which is, fittingly, “Well, did it create a Tumblr blog devoted to imagining that Benedict Cumberbatch is a fantastical woodland creature who solves forest mysteries? Then it’s definitely human.”


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