Deadline is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to play math genius Alan Turning in The Imitation Game. Warner Bros., who just picked up the rights to Don Winslow’s Satori for DiCaprio, apparently outbid half a dozen independent companies, settling on a seven figure deal to acquire the project from first time script writer Graham Moore. DiCaprio has apparently been chasing the project and it’s likely that he’ll star in it.
Hollywood insiders are reporting that Moore’s script is really something, with some people hailing it as “the best script they’ve read in years.” Deadline describes Turning’s life as the following:
“The life story of this English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple has it all.”
So far this project sounds perfect for DiCaprio, and hopefully we will hear more on this one shortly. As of yet, the actor hasn’t officially signed on to the project, but we can assume it is only a matter of time.
As for a director, though no one is attached at the moment, Ron Howard is apparently interested in directing, which could work out well as DiCaprio starts and finishes Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained around the same time as Ron Howard will start and finish his next directional effort, Rush.
DiCaprio can be seen in cinemas next month as J. Edgar Hoover, in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.