by: Sammy Mink
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan and Will Poulter are all set to star in THE YELLOW BIRDS. The adaptation follows two young soldiers (Sheridan and Poulter) who are taken under the wing of an older sergeant (Cumberbatch) after being deployed to Iraq. The project is being helmed by “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” director David Lowery from a script he wrote.
Cumberbatch is best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series “Sherlock” and his roles in “The Hobbit” series of films and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” He also starred as Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate” and as slave owner Ford in “12 Years A Slave.” His upcoming roles include playing mathematician Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game,” the dragon Smaug in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and Brian Epstein in the upcoming biopic “The Man Who,” following the life of The Beatles manager.
Sheridan is the up and coming actor known for his roles in Terrance Malik’s “The Tree of Life” as well as the drama “Mud” with Matthew McConaughey and indie drama “Joe” opposite Nicolas Cage. He will next appear in the comedy/horror “Scouts vs. Zombies,” thriller “The Forger” with John Travolta, and the Gillian Flynn adaptation “Dark Places.
Poulter has appeared as Eustace Scrubb in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and as Jennifer Anniston’s fake son in “We’re the Millers.” His upcoming roles include a starring turn in 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi film “The Maze Runner” and the comedy “Shoplifters of the World” where he’ll play a teenager who is reeling after the dissolution of British band The Smiths.