Marvel’s Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, will star in and produce an adaptation of the classic British novel ROGUE MALE. Assassin’s Creed scribe Michael Lesslie will pen the script, which is based on the book by Geoffrey Household that was first published in 1939.
Cumberbatch will play the unnamed British sportsman who, in the spring of 1938 sets out to assassinate a European dictator, but when he’s caught, he is tortured, thrown off of a cliff, and left for dead. What follows is a survivalist thriller through which the sportsman must evade enemy agents as he escapes back home to England through the countryside.
Cumberbatch will produce through his SunnyMarch banner with Adam Ackland alongside Lloyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith, and Beatriz Levin of Black Sheep Pictures. Fox Searchlight Pictures co-heads of production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum will oversee with Anikah McLaren and Katie Goodson-Thomas.
The book has previously been adapted into a film in 1941 from director Fritz Lange, as a television movie in 1976 for the BBC, and as a radio program in 1989 and 2004.
Cumberbatch, who stars in the BBC series Sherlock, is also set to portray Thomas Edison in The Weinstein Company’s The Current War. Through his SunnyMarch company, he’s also in development with The War Magician, The Nine Lives of Louis Wain, and Guantanamo Diary.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.