Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch signs up for Rogue Male movie adaptation


Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in and Produce Movie 'Rogue Male'

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in a movie adaptation of the classic British novel Rogue Male.

The actor, 40, will also produce the film about an Englishman who tries to assassinate a European dictator.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch (Matt Crossick/PA)

Author Geoffrey Household, a prolific writer of thrillers who died in 1988, later said that he intended the dictator in the 1939 novel to be Hitler.

Benedict's publicist confirmed to the Press Association that the Sherlock and Doctor Strange actor is attached to the film.

The actor told The Hollywood Reporter: "I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen."

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock
Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC)

Rogue Male was previously adapted into a TV film starring Peter O'Toole, John Standing and Alastair Sim in 1977, and on the big screen, featuring Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders, in 1941.

Michael Lesslie, who adapted Macbeth, is writing the screenplay.

Benedict's character is caught and tortured after he attempts to kill a dictator. He returns to England but is hunted by his enemies.