Benedict Cumberbatch is to star in a new film adaptation of Rogue Male, the 1939 novel that is widely seen as the forerunner to the modern action thriller.
The book, written by Geoffrey Household, follows the story of an Englishman who is brutally tortured after being caught trying to assassinate an unnamed European dictator, before fleeing to England and going to ground in rural Dorset.
Cumberbatch, who described the book as “the most treasured of English novels”, will also produce the film, which is set to go into production in late 2017.
The Sherlock star will step into the shoes of Peter O’Toole, who played the lead role in a 1977 BBC adaptation of the book, which was also made into the 1941 Hollywood film, Man Hunt.
Household, an Oxford graduate whose career included a stint as a banana salesman, published the novel months before the Second World War broke out.
While the dictator who was the subject of the book’s failed assassination attempt was not identified in the novel, the author has said that he intended the character to be seen as Adolf Hitler.
In the book, the main character is thrown off a cliff after being caught trying to murder the dictator. He survives, but flees to England, pursued by agents of the European state.
After murdering one of the agents by throwing him onto the tracks of the London Underground, the character hides underground in rural Dorset, where he is later discovered.
Michael Lesslie, who adapted Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, for the big screen, is writing the screenplay for Rogue Male.
A spokesman for Cumberbatch said: “Benedict is attached as producer and to star. The film is in currently in development and they are working on a script. As yet there is no director, but hoping to go into production later next year.”
The buzz for movie Doctor Strange is growing among its fans. Marvel comic character by the same name was created by Marvel Comics artist Steve Dikto. The movie casts Sherlock fame Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. In a recent update, the director of the movie revealed why Cumberbatch is perfect for the principal character Stephen Strange.
The son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, Benedict Cumberbatch, is an English actor. He has acted not only in films but also in television series. He shot to fame with his lead role of Sherlock Holmes in the TV series titled Sherlock.
In the film industry, he has portrayed various roles that have won him several awards. Benedict Cumberbatch received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Sherlock.
Recently, the director of the upcoming movie Doctor Strange, Scott Derrickson, revealed why Cumberbatch is perfect as Stephen Strange. According to Screen Rant, he said that it is the ability to play a character deeply flawed. In this case, he feels a character who starts off at the height of egocentricity and is brought down and falls from the grace very hard, very fast and very early in the film.
He further added that, “And you get to watch his climb out of that, and ultimately his climb out of his own ego. And that’s really what the movie’s about. Even though there’s all these big psychedelic images in the film, it is in the end, a movie about one man overcoming himself.”
At the San Diego Comic Con 2016, the trailer for Doctor Strange was released. The trailer promises a lot of action and different characters that will be seen in this movie. Benedict Cumberbatch plays character Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon. The story tells how he becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
The movie is set to hit the theaters on Nov. 4, 2016.
It’s a very odd experience watching yourself in stuff and when it comes to being in that company as well, it’s doubly overwhelming
I need to sit in a quiet room maybe have a beer just breath deep and then maybe, I don’t know, I go home, I’ll pick up my baby, I’ll hug my wife and than maybe Sophie and I will just sit down and we’ll watch it together and go, oh right, OK, that’s what I’m a part of! Cause I can’t quiet take it in right now.
-Benedict about his experience in Hall H and being in Marvel
SHERLOCK HOLMES and Dr Watson stepped aboard a fishing boat to film the latest series of the hit BBC show.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the Baker Street detective, and Martin Freeman, his sidekick, were seen aboard the craft in Cardiff Bay.
It is two years on from the last full series of the BBC One crime drama but little has been revealed about what to expect from series four.
The normally dapper detective was looking unkempt in the latest images, suggesting he could be encountering hard times in the series, which will be broadcast in the New Year.
Although the drama has a huge following, doubts remain about whether there will be a fifth series.
Creator Steven Moffat said: “I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show. But it absolutely could be.”
As well as reuniting Cumberbatch and Freeman, the new Sherlock, which runs as a three-part mini-series, introduces new characters, including a canine companion for Holmes – a bloodhound, of course. “We might just be going darker. We’ve got a very good set of ideas.”
Fans of the original books have pointed out the super-sleuth used a dog to help him in The Sign Of Four. Harry Potter star Toby Jones will play the role of the villain in the second episode of the series. Jones’s character has not been revealed but Moffat said that he will be “bringing to life one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s finest villains”.
Regular characters returning will be Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss), Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington), Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs) and Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves).
The last time Sherlock was on our screens was with the Victorian-themed special episode The Abominable Bride, shown on New Year’s Day, which was seen by more than 12 million viewers.
It was also the BBC’s biggest overseas export in the past year and earned 39-year-old Cumberbatch an Emmy award nomination.
Moffat signaled “a clear shift in tone” for series four when he spoke about the plans last year.
“There’s going to be some dark stuff coming,” he said. “We are going to try to take it somewhere we’ve never been before: a challenging place to go.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter look on prior to the Men’s Singles Final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Milos Raonic of Canada on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2016 in London, England.