Benedict Cumberbatch is getting plenty of kudos for his portrayal of genius mathematician Alan Turing in the new drama The Imitation Game. But any award he might eventually receive will come with a huge assist from a 19-year-old novice screen actor named Alex Lawther. Director Morten Tyldum’s biopic —in theaters now — hops between different eras of Turing’s life: Cumberbatch plays the idiosyncratic adult Turing, an emotionally troubled gay man who broke the Nazi’s Enigma code and helped the Allies win World War II. Lawther, meanwhile, portrays the awkward and bullied teenaged Turing. “We were actually quite keen for me to not imitate Benedict, because it was Alan that we were playing, not each other," Lawther, who began his career on stage at the age of 16, told Yahoo Movies last week.
Benedict Cumberbatch seems content to be the object of endless fascination. The Imitation Game star took over Dreamworks’ Tumblr last night to promote his other movie, the animated Penguins of Madagascar. While he was answering fans’ mundane questions online, New York magazine published a new profile of the actor, focusing on his obsessive internet fan following. • If Benedict Cumberbatch were a pizza, his toppings would be “broken glass, barbed wire, and a little bit of grit.” Which makes us wonder, does Benedict Cumberbatch really know what a “pizza” is?
Benedict Cumberbatch is evidently not content with his already enormous Comic-Con celebrity. Deadline is reporting that the Emmy-winning Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to join the Marvel Universe as the cosmic sorcerer Dr. Strange. The actor, who could be an Oscar contender this year for his turn as genius mathematician Alan Turing in the fall biopic The Imitation Game, would be the latest big star to join the ever-expanding film multiverse.