Benedict to be a Rogue Male
star Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in a movie adaptation of the classic British novel
The actor, 40, will also produce the film, which is about an Englishman who tries to assassinate a European dictator.
The book’s author Geoffrey Household, a prolific writer of thrillers who died in 1988, later said he intended the dictator in the 1939 novel to be Hitler.
Cumberbatch said: “I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen.”
was previously adapted into a TV film starring Peter O’Toole, John Standing and Alastair Sim in 1977, and on the big screen with Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders in 1941.
Cumberbatch’s character is caught and tortured after he attempts to kill a dictator. He returns to England but is hunted by his enemies.