Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch has hung up his detective deerstalker cap since finishing filming for the third, much-anticipated series of the hit BBC detective series, and replaced it with a suit for his latest role in the WWII film, The Imitation Games!
The award-winning star, who has also just been filming his latest role playing Julian Assange the founder of WikiLeaks in film The Fifth Estate, has been pictured in today’s MailOnline wearing a full suit with slightly lighter than we are used to, side parted hair, walking through the streets of London for the film in which his character, along with the help of Keira Knightley, try to crack the infamous Enigma Code.
The part Cumberbatch plays in the film is that of Alan Turing, the mathematician who helped crack the code derived by the Nazi’s during the war. Turing is believed to have committed suicide after being tried for being homosexual during the homophobic1950’s in Britain.
And he wasn’t the only one starting work either – Knightley has also been pictured filming for her part, in another part of the country though!
Knightley, who wed James Righton in may this year, plays Joan Clarke – Turing’s co-worker in Hut 8 at Bletchley Park, who he developed a deep, yet complicated relationship with, and who he even proposed to in 1941.
Knightley has been pictured filming in Hertfordshire wearing a red dress and belt, accessorised with grey tights and black court shoes – though she covered it with a padded jacket between takes.
Starring alongside Cumberbatch and Knightley in the period thriller, estimated to have a whopping $15 million assigned to it, are Mathew Goode, Mark Strong and Rory Kinnear. The film tells the story of the hair-raising days in the lead up to cracking the code, based on Andrew Hodges’ biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma.
Cumberbatch’s role was reportedly originally intended for Leonardo DiCaprio, one of many big names linked to the project since production began.
Meanwhile Cumberbatch is due to return to our screens with the new series of Sherlock expected to air either late this year or early next year – Watch the teaser trailer for it in the clip below: