Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Gay Enigma Codebreaker Alan Turing?

During World War II, Alan Turing, who is known as the father of modern computing, devised the Turing Bombe, a codebreaking device that was used to decipher the Nazi enigma codes, up to 3,000 messages per day. He was also gay, and two years after being convicted of "gross indecency" and sentenced to undergo hormone therapy, he killed himself with a cyanide-laced apple.

TuringDeadline reports that his life may soone be the subject of a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio:

This British historical figure most prominent from 1940 through 1955 is also the subject of a big spec script sale today. First-time screenwriter Graham Moore’s The Imitation Game was snapped up by Warner Bros in a 7-figure deal. I’ve learned that the studio outbid half a dozen indie companies because Leonardo DiCaprio ”has the inside track” to play the lead and was chasing the project. But so far no talent is attached. I hear Ron Howard is interested in directing.

First-time producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky owned the rights to Andrew Hodges’ definitive biography Alan Turing: The Enigma and worked with Moore for more than a year to get the script just right.

On a side note, it's been reported that Steve Jobs named Apple after Turing, thus the logo with the bite out of it. However, that's not the case.

(image a statue of Turing at Bletchley Park, where the Enigma code was broken)


  1. Robert in NYC says

    There was also a superb play on Broadway about this subject called “Breaking the Code” some years ago. Beautifully acted by Derek Jacobi.

  2. Mike says

    As long as he’s not heter-ized like the Tom Jericho character based on him in the film Enigma (2001).

  3. Keppler says

    “I hear Ron Howard is interested in directing.”

    If Howard directs, Turing’s sexuality will be surgically removed from the film, as was John Forbes Nash’s in “A Beautiful Mind.” If Howard directs, Vince Vaughn will be hired to play Turing and make fag jokes. Seems like maybe a biopic of Andrew Dice Clay might be a more appropriate project for Opie.

  4. Sancho says

    Derek Jacobi did play it wonderfully on Broadway (with an unknown Robert Sean Leonard as Turing’s adolescent crush in flashback scenes). Jacobi also did a filmed version for television which wasn’t as effective as the play, partly because of slow pacing and partly because of how they handled the flashbacks (onstage, Jacobi entered those scenes just by changing his voice and body language, but in the film they used an adolescent actor as the young Turing). Still, it does preserve at least most of Jacobi’s performance as Turing.

  5. Say no to Ron Howard says

    The entire world should raise holy hell if Ron Howard is engaged to direct. I’m sorry, but he’s flat-out a ‘phobe, or at least incredibly, obtusely non-sensitive. His reaction to the Vince Vaughn matter was profoundly clueless at best; he was disingenuous and dishonest about his own homophobia at worst.

  6. RonDenver says

    I doubt Ron Howard has even heard of the project. The press release is more likey a way for Warner Brothers to gauge the community’s reaction to the possibility of him directing the film. Besides, Ron Howard is currently running a streak of box office flops. He won’t be chosen. Which is good since he’s the most overrated director of the past 30 years. What do people see in that hack?

  7. Pitt90 says

    Agreed, Sancho! The play is called “Breaking the Code” and I got to do it in graduate school. It’s a beautiful play. Ironically, I was the only gay actor in the cast and played one of the few straight characters in the cast, the MI:5 agent that brought Turing down. Ah, the irony … 😉

  8. anon says

    Turing, himself, tried to be so rational that he thought of himself as a machine, like the ones he built. He work is also very technically opaque to mainstream moviegoers. However, every college CS major gets immersed in his theories.

  9. says

    Finally!! Holywood is doing something for us besides that shallow fest Glee.
    They better do a great job with this or I’ll cock a snook in their general direction.

  10. says

    Come to think of it, we’re getting screwed already. Leanardo Dicaprio to play the lead? Oh no she di’int.
    I want one of Hollywood’s handsomest actors: Ryan Gosling, or Justin Timberlake, Gerard Butler (although he’s a bit old), Matthew Goode, Jon Hamm, Liev Schreiber, or Ioan Gruffud (my fave). Ten years ago I would have said Aaron Ekhart, but that ship has sailed.
    It’s the law of boobs and cheek bones. They’re critical to the production values. So I want the very best looking in a leading man.

  11. Charlie says

    Oh and Ron Howards is a hack. His movies are all star-powered straight-to-DVD crapola. he’s a waste of space and the antithesis of a proper auteur: he makes movies for The Academy and nobody else.

  12. craigers says

    Great, Ron Howard can direct it and scrub all of the gay out of it. I really don’t know what his problem is with gay people, but every time he touches a film with any kind of gay character he takes out every aspect of the person being gay because “it isn’t part of the story”. If he directed Brokeback Mountain we would have had a film about two macho cowboys who occasionally went off screen to open a can of beans. Ron needs to get over it, some people are gay.

  13. says

    I have heard for years that the Steve Jobs’ , Apple logo, is in it self a tribute to Mr Turing. an Apple made of the pride rainbow with a bite out of it ( for a COMPUTER company )

  14. Charlie says

    The Turing-Apple logo theory is, alas, a myth. The apple logo has nothing to to with Turing’s suicide or Adam and Eve, it was simply a universal symbol for ‘first’, as in ‘first bite of the apple’. But that’s waht happens when you use universal archetypes; they come to mean everything.