Benedict Cumberbatch is set to join Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of the 1939 English novel by Geoffrey Household, “Rogue Male.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-nominated actor will also produce with his SunnyMarch production company and Black Sheep Pictures.
The script will be penned by Michael Lesslie and follows the story of a hunter who attempts to assassinate a dictator, is caught, tortured and left for dead. After he escapes, he must hide in rural English to avoid the enemy agents and police who are in pursuit of him.
“I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen,” said Cumberbatch in a statement.
The survivalist thriller is regarded as Household’s masterpiece and has previously been adapted for the screen twice. In 1940, Twentieth Century Fox released “Man Hunt” starring Walter Pidgeon with Hitler as the dictator. Peter O’Toole also starred in a BBC production made for TV in 1977.
Additional producers include Lloyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Beatriz Levin of Black Sheep Pictures and Adam Ackland of SunnyMarch.
Cumberbatch will next appear opposite Tilda Swinton in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” out November 4. He will also be seen in the fourth season of “Sherlock.”