Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in First Look at ‘The Imitation Game’ (Photo)

Black Bear Pictures’ drama co-stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance

In honor of Alan Turing’s historic Royal Pardon on Tuesday, Black Bear Pictures has released the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game.”

Showing his personal enthusiasm for the project, producer Teddy Schwarzman sent the still himself as an early Christmas gift rather than a PR firm.

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Cumberbatch stars as codebreaker and mathematician Turing, who was prosecuted for being homosexual and eventually committed suicide via cyanide poisoning.

Keira Knightley co-stars alongside Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance. Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) directed from Graham Moore’s script, which topped the 2011 Black List.

In addition to producers Teddy Schwarzman, Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky, the project boasts a top notch below-the-line team including Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (“Argo”), composer Clint Mansell (“Black Swan”), cinematographer Oscar Faura (“The Impossible”) and production designer Maria Djurkovic (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).

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Black Bear Pictures and Bristol Automotive produced the film, which is currently in post-production. StudioCanal is distributing “The Imitation Game” in the U.K., and producers have not yet sought U.S. distribution, though it is expected to be a hot acquisition title given the film’s awards prospects.

Jack English took the photograph, which comes courtesy of Black Bear Pictures.