It’s been over a week since we last heard from Camp Benedict and, frankly, we were beginning to worry. So imagine our relief when we heard not only does he have a new movie in the pipeline, but he’s going to produce it too.
That’s right: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict will produce and star in Rogue Male, a big screen adaptation of a classic wartime novel by Geoffrey Household, which is the most British name we’ve heard since, well, Benedict Cumberbatch.
First published in 1939, the book tells of an unnamed man (Benedict), who attempts to assassinate a dictator, widely believed, though not named as such, to be Hitler. Things don’t go to plan, however, and he is instead captured, tortured and left for dead. Having escaped, he makes it back home to England, where he must hide out in the countryside, exposed to the elements, with enemy agents as well as the police on his tail.
Benedict’s got pretty big shoes to fill. The book has been adapted for radio on both sides of the pond, and twice for the silver screen: once, in 1941, by Fritz Lang with Forbidden Planet‘s Walter Pidgeon in the lead, and a second time in 1976, with the immortal Peter O’Toole playing Benedict’s part.
Benedict doesn’t seem the least bit put off by the big names, however (understandable, perhaps, given the size of his own moniker). “I am thrilled both as an actor and producer to be working on bringing this most treasured of English novels to the big screen,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will be made by his production company SunnyMarch, with Michael Lesslie, who co-wrote 2015’s Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender, on script duty.
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