Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on for another new role, but by this stage in his career, it might be easier to list the parts he won’t be playing.

For instance, he’s one of the few British actors not to be involved in Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk, the WWII epic set to open this summer, and we can say with some confidence he won’t be popping up in the upcoming Baywatch reboot.

Nor is he, as far as we’re aware, in the running for The Doctor now that Peter Capaldi has announced he’ll be hanging up his sonic screwdriver after Doctor Who‘s 10th season comes to an end. But who knows? Maybe in some utopian future all acting roles will be played by Benedict, all TV shows narrated by him, and all cartoon characters will have his voice.

But we digress. The latest role he’s taken on is the lead in How to Stop Time, a movie adaptation of a book so hot off the presses it’s not even been published yet.

Described as a “wildly imagined love story,” the book is by Matt Haig, a writer known for his quirky — and often dark — stories about family life. Benedict will play Tom Hazard, a 400-year-old man who looks no more than 41, which is lucky, as that’s exactly how old Benedict will be later this year.

We don’t know much about the plot, as the book won’t hit shelves until July this year, but a few super sleuths have found a few clues in its description on Amazon. Apparently Hazard is a history teacher at a London school, whose centuries-spanning life is down to an “extremely rare condition.”

The character is the latest offbeat role Benedict’s taken on in recent months, giving him a varied and jam-packed slate for 2017/8. We’ll see him reprise his role as Dr. Strange in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War,  portray Thomas Edison in The Current War and play The Grinch in a new version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas!. “Busy Benedict,” as we’ve previously dubbed him, will also take the lead in an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel The Child in Time, voice Shere Khan in another live-action film based on Jungle Book, and  star in a new TV series based on Edward St. Aubyn‘s Patrick Melrose novels.

Phew. We think that covers everything. But it begs the question: is there space in his schedule for more Sherlock?

Which new part are you most looking forward to seeing Benedict play?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.