The king of techie/geeky movies?

Up next: Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

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Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor who always seems more imposing than his official 6-foot height, is establishing himself as a go-to guy for tech-themed movies.

His next big splash will be portraying Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician and "Father of Computer Science," in the movie The Imitation Game alongside Keira Knightley (Leonardo DiCaprio was rumored early on to be in contention for the leading role). Turing, who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II, had what would have been his 100th birthday celebrated around the world in 2012. 

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Cumberbatch can only hope that The Imitation Game, slated to debut late this year, fares better than his most recent techie role, playing Wikileaks leader Julian Assange in the box office bomb The Fifth Estate.

Notwithstanding that movie's performance, Cumberbatch has endeared himself to geeky entertainment enthusiasts via his lead role in the TV series Sherlock as well as by portraying the dragon Smaug and Necromancer in the Hobbit movies and the evil Khan in Star Trek into Darkness.

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