The film is based on David Fischer’s novelized version of the true story of British magician Jasper Maskelyne, who adapted the core principles of stage magic to warfare in ways that defied the imagination. Gary Whitta will adapt the novel.
The project was previously set up with Tom Cruise and producing partner Paul Wagner with Peter Weir attached to direct, and more recently Marc Forster was set to helm before falling out of the project.
Cumberbatch was most recently seen in Black Mass and last year’s The Imitation Game which he was nominated for a Best Acting Oscar. He will next be seen in Zoolander 2 and Marvel’s highly anticipated Doctor Strange.