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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing? 269

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mikejuk writes "2012 is the one hundredth anniversary of Alan Turing's birth, with many celebration events being planned around the world. This week Warner Bros outbid other companies for the script of a biopic based on Turing's life. The script for The Imitation Game, by first-time screenwriter Graham Moore and based in turn on the biography by Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma, was snapped up by Warner Bros in a 7-figure deal. Right now the leading candidate to portray Turing is Leonardo DiCaprio."
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing?

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  • by bradorsomething (527297) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @11:35PM (#37728062)
    ...although it would be ironic if the actor playing him would fail his test.
  • by cffrost (885375) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @11:36PM (#37728066) Homepage

    If Scorsese's directing, DiCaprio's leading.
    If DiCaprio's leading, Scorsese's directing.

    • by cffrost (885375)

      If Scorsese's directing, DiCaprio's leading.
      If DiCaprio's leading, Scorsese's directing.

      I'm replying to myself to clarify that I don't believe Scorsese and DiCaprio shall work together on every project... But a biopic on historic figure Alan Turing? C'mon, that's right up their alley.

    • Scorsese is a brilliant director, I don't mind this in the least bit.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @11:39PM (#37728080) Journal
    As long as the movie is of infinite length, and certain other conditions are observed, shouldn't it be possible for any actor to successfully play Turing, albeit quite possibly requiring impractical amounts of time to do so?
  • He is one of the last actors I would imagine to play character like Turing, a thoughtful man, mathematician, scientist.. Everything Leo isn't.
  • by gadzook33 (740455) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @11:41PM (#37728088)
    Personally I think this would be fantastic. Two of my favorite people. I think Leo is a superb actor and we all know what a fascinating and enigmatic person Turning was.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, he might once have had the image of a teen girl crush, but he's long become a grown man and i think he was exceptional in all his recent roles.

      • by javakah (932230)

        He has been quite good. There are more talented actors though. The thing with Leonardo DiCaprio though is that he may be the actor with the best judgement in what movies to play in. If you look at his filmography, you notice that he plays in relatively few movies, but those really tend to be smart, well put together movies.

        I am kind of hoping that he does play Alan Turing, not necessarily for his acting skills so much, but just because it tells me that the script is likely to have been well done.

  • This doesn't sound like a moneymaker for Hollywood.
  • by ZouPrime (460611) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @12:10AM (#37728204)

    A story on Turing could exploits a lot of interesting angles. He's an important figure in computer science AND in cryptography. His most prestigious work was done with WWII in the backdrop, and helped the allies tremendously. Finally, he has the total romantic yet misunderstood hero story - his contribution was a war secret, he was condemned for his homosexuality by the state he helped so much, and died a Plato death.

    There's a kickass script to be made out of that.

    Oh and DiCaprio is a fine choice. Great actor, versatile enough to pull it out and to let the character be the story.

    • by colinrichardday (768814) <colin.day.6@hotmail.com> on Sunday October 16, 2011 @12:14AM (#37728232)

      Wouldn't that be a Socratic death?

      • by Dusty101 (765661)

        'I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"' -- Chris Knight, "Real Genius".

      • Neither, if the wiki article is correct: No mention of how Touring's mentor died (probably not hemlock poisoning at the behest of the city council, though), and Touring himself was apparently poisoned entirely without a trial of any kind, public or private.

        Clever with the cyanide in the apple trick, though, considering that apples *naturally* contain it (though usually inaccessibly in the seeds, rather than the pulp..)

    • by Phrogman (80473)

      So Hollywood will look at all those possibilities and determine the following:
      * They will gloss over his importance to computer science considerably because its hard to explain to their perceived audience. They will likely show something but otherwise ignore it.
      * They will gloss over his importance to cryptography except to show him personally cracking the enigma machine (ignoring the rest of Bletchley Park most likely)
      * They will seize on his being homosexual and make most of the film focus on how he was p

  • by airfoobar (1853132) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @12:36AM (#37728286)
    Mad scientist Alan "Mhz" Turing invents an intelligent robot that transforms into a flying car, which he uses to embark on a great journey into space where he will find true love with an alien prince (cue for love scene on front of spaceship) and, of course, get the idea for the first desktop computer. When he returns to Earth, he builds a prototype for his new invention, which surprisingly turns out to be a modern Mac (because in Hollywood all computers are Macs), however his contemporaries find out about his love with the alien, which forces him to abandon the Mac and travel back into space where he lives happily ever after as the queen of an alien planet. THE END. If this does well at the box office, expect a sequel in a couple of years.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Hm, good start, but I can see you are not an experienced movie writer like me. Your script lacks a lot of things. For a start, you need :
      - A waving american flag, though it could be there for no apparent reason.
      - A bomb with a blinking diode on it.
      - A way in which the character gains new insight and grows as a person.
      - (Since he is supposed to be smart) a scene of Turing playing chess with someone and thinking for hours, then making a one move checkmate.
      - (Since space ships are involved and Turing still is

    • by JamesP (688957)

      Yes

      Or even better, it's a lesbian woman and she makes out with Mila Kunis

  • Jeremy Northam! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fnj (64210) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @01:09AM (#37728406)

    I don't have any large issue with DiCaprio playing Turing. He is versatile, capable, and very hard working. However, the part should go to Jeremy Northam. It would have been a better age match if they tapped him 20 years ago, but there are other factors to consider than matching the actor's age to the character in his prime. I didn't know Turing, so it's just an impression, but I think Jeremy Northam would do a superb job. See The Winslow Boy and tell me I'm wrong.

    • by Freultwah (739055)
      Finally somebody proposing an English actor to play an Englishman. I also vote for Christian Bale (ok, so he's Welsh, big deal), Jason Statham or Vinnie Jones to take the part. Ftw!
  • by bryan1945 (301828) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @01:55AM (#37728582) Journal

    It could be a zany rom-com with a dog, a monkey using an abacus, and even fit in the gay angle somehow (maybe a fashion designer on the side, a la Zoolander?). Tom Cruise could be the romantic interest, fighting with Turing the whole time about how machines are evil and Xenu is the one true way, until the monkey, riding the dog, slaps Cruise with a fish and makes him realize the errors of his ways. Let Terry Gilliam direct.

    Guaranteed $500 mil 1st weekend.

    • by glwtta (532858)
      It could be a zany rom-com with a dog, a monkey using an abacus, and even fit in the gay angle somehow

      Don't be ridiculous, Hollywood would never acknowledge someone being gay in a biopic. Unless of course it's a Big Important Picture about them being gay (could still go that way, it's got the required ending).

      I expect Ellen Page will be the love interest.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    That I can't wait to see, or the part where Turing blasts the incoming V2 with a couple of .45s held sideways. Gangsta style. While diving over a moving tank. In slow motion.

    This is gonna be AWESOME.

  • I just can't wait to see Leo bite into the poisoned apple. The hormonal castration should be particularly dramatic too. Maybe they can get the political apology right in the film, and properly repent for a truly disgusting deed. But I still think Matt Damon would be a goodlier choice, based on the face. ....Well Alan, you were way ahead of your time, but we were still in the dark ages. Sorry about that, and thanks for all the help. PS: If you come back, try San Francisco, Rome, or maybe Key West; I hear th
  • by G3ckoG33k (647276) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @03:37AM (#37728846)

    Why not a British actor?

    • by jpapon (1877296)
      Why does it have to be a British actor? Who cares about the nationality of the actor?

      They're actors, they're supposed to act the role, not actually be the role.

    • by Phrogman (80473)

      Because the film will be marketed mostly to the US market, and Americans don't like watching non-Americans doing anything important. Actually they are more likely to rewrite history so that Turing is an American and its all American activity at Bletchley Park that cracks the Enigma. Since the average person on the street has never heard of Turing, or of Enigma it won't make any difference that its all a gross distortion of history.

  • by KliX (164895)

    I think the conclusion is that he could do it

  • Isn't it ironic that a Jew and a homosexual helped end the war with such monumental scientific contributions? (Einstein with atomic bombs, Turing with cryptanalysis.) :)

    Anyway, would love to see an unflinching movie on this great man's life! A true hero and my most favorite computer scientist ever. Tragic what happened to him later in life...

    • Isn't it ironic that a Jew and a homosexual helped end the war with such monumental scientific contributions? (Einstein with atomic bombs, Turing with cryptanalysis.) :)

      Anyway, would love to see an unflinching movie on this great man's life! A true hero and my most favorite computer scientist ever. Tragic what happened to him later in life...

      Except that at the end of the war Jews were given some stolen land, while the homos continued to be persecuted to the point of driving the father of Computer Science to commit suicide. The homos that were in nazi camps were transferred to traditional prisons.

  • How long after the purchase will they prohibit anyone from using the term Turning Machine in any product or application?

    http://code.google.com/p/moonblink/wiki/Tricorder [google.com]

    Sorry Tricorder fans, Tricorder has been deleted from the Android Market by Google, at the demand of CBS's legal weasels. This all happened without any discussion or warning -- I was simply notified after the fact.

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