Benedict Cumberbatch to produce and star in new Rogue Male movie
Ultimate English gentleman Benedict Cumberbatch is working on a big screen adaptation of classic 1930s thriller Rogue Male – and we think he’s the perfect man for the job.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cumberbatch will star in and produce the adaptation of the 1939 Geoffrey Household novel, while Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed) has been hired to write the screenplay, and Lloyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Beatriz Levin of Black Sheep Pictures, plus Adam Ackland of Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch, will also produce.
The original Rogue Male follows an unnamed British sportsman as he sets out to assassinate an unnamed European dictator, whom Household has openly acknowledged to be an allegory for Adolf Hitler:
“Although the idea for Rogue Male germinated from my intense dislike of Hitler, I did not actually name him in the book as things were a bit tricky at the time and I thought I would leave it open so that the target could be either Hitler or Stalin. You could take your pick.”
The novel has been adapted twice already, first in 1940 by Twentieth Century Fox as Man Hunt, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Walter Pidgeon, and then by the BBC for a made for TV movie in 1977 starring Peter O’Toole.
“I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen”, says Cumberbatch of the project.
Benedict Cumberbatch can next be seen in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which hits UK cinemas on October 28th 2016, ahead of its American release on November 4th.