Benedict Cumberbatch to lead new adaptation of thriller Rogue Male
Benedict Cumberbatch is to lead a new adaptation of the classic British novel Rogue Male.
The 1939 novel was written by Geoffrey Household and tells the story of an unnamed British sportsman who attempts to assassinate a dictator but is caught, tortured and left for dead. After a successful escaepe attempt he makes his way back to England, but then must hide out in a harsh countryside with the enemy agents as well as the police in hot pursuit.
Speaking about the movie, which will he will star in and produce, Cumberbatch told the Hollywood Reporter: "I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen."
Michael Leslie, who adapted Macbeth last year, will adapt the novel for this new movie. Rogue Male was been filmed twice before, first as a feature film in 1940 and then as a TV movie starring Peter O'Toole in 1977.
Cumberbatch will next be seen on the big screen in Marvel's new epic Doctor Strange.
He stars as a Stephen Strange, cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands, and, in a last ditch attempt to regain his former powers, discovers magic. His mentor on this quest is a Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme.
Starring alongside Cumberbatch in the movie are Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg and Mads Mikkelsen.
Scott Derrickson, best known for directing The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Sinister and last year's Deliver Us From Evil, directs Doctor Strange, while Jon Spaihts has written the script.
It will hit cinemas on October 28th this year.