Cumberbatch to star in Rogue Male

Benedict Cumberbacth will tackle another adaptation of a classic British novel, Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male.

Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on another classic British literature roles, with the Sherlock star set to star in an adaptation of Geoffrey Household’s 1939 survival thriller, Rogue Male.

The World War II-era novel centers on a hunter who attempts to assassinate a powerful dictator, only to be caught, tortured, and left to die. After he manages to make it back home to England, he’s forced to remain in exile in the countryside, dodging enemy hitmen as well as police. Household is said to have based the dictator character on Adolf Hitler.

Cumberbatch will star in and produce the adaptation alongside producers Loyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Beatriz Levin of Black Sheep Pictures and Adam Ackland of SunnyMarch, Cumberbatch’s production company. The picture is set up at Fox Searchlight with Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed) on board to pen the script.

“I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen,” Cumberbatch, a longtime fan of the novel, told THR.

Rogue Male was original made into a film in 1940 for 20th Century Fox under the title Man Hunt. The legendary Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M) directed. Peter O’Toole also starred in a BBC adaptation for television in 1977.


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