Benedict Cumberbatch to star in, produce Rogue Male movie
Benedict Cumberbatch is going Rogue.
The Oscar-nominated actor has joined Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of Rogue Male, the classic 1939 English novel from Geoffrey Household, the studio announced Monday. He will star in the movie and produce with his SunnyMarch production company and Black Sheep Pictures.
“I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen,” Cumberbatch said in a statement.
The script, from Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed), follows a man’s failed assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler. After he’s tortured and left for dead, he escapes and must hide in rural England to avoid his foes.
Household’s work has been adapted for the screen twice. Peter O’Toole starred in a BBC TV Movie in 1977, and Walter Pidgeon starred in Fritz Lang’s 1940 film Man Hunt.
Cumberbatch can next be seen in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, out Nov. 4. He is returning as the titular sleuth in Sherlock in season 4, which has no airdate yet. The Hollywood Reporter first posted the news.