Benedict Cumberbatch's New Role Sounds Perfect

by Jennifer Still

If you're anything like me, you've probably loved Benedict Cumberbatch ever since you laid eyes on him in Sherlock, or maybe even before that, in 2012's Parade's End (in which case, I salute you, for you are a true Cumberb*tch). His career actually stretches much further back, all the way to 2002, and as of this year he has more than 61 TV and film credits to his name. Cumberbatch is a bonafide Hollywood success story, and he's earned it. Through what seems to be a carefully curated collection of roles, he's established himself as the ultimate charismatic, well-to-do distinguished gentleman. His latest role follows suit, as well: Cumberbatch has joined WWII drama The War Magician , and it's going to be amazing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cumberbatch will play British hero Jasper Maskelyne, a spellbinder who helped Allied forces fight the Nazis during the second World War. He created a group of accomplices known as "The Magic Gang" who used illusions to trick the enemy and conceal strategic targets. The movie, based on the nonfiction book by David Fisher, sounds pretty incredible — not to mention perfect for Cumberbatch. In a way, it almost seems a natural extension of his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and I seriously can't wait to see it.

I don't know what it is about Cumberbatch that makes him so perfectly charming in roles involving historical figures, real and imaginary. Perhaps its his natural air of being part of the upper crust, or his strange looks (and yes, I mean that as a compliment). Either way, something about him lends itself perfectly to roles like this, and no doubt The War Magician will give him even more footing in Hollywood — not that he needs much help in that department, at this point. As long as he keeps playing these amazing characters, we'll all keep turning up to watch, so I think he's got a pretty lengthy career ahead of him.

The War Magician is being adapted for the big screen by Garry Whitta, with Storyscape Entertainment principals Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein producing. So far, no director has been lined up, but I'm sure that will be taken care of soon enough. Studio Canal will finance the project, though there's no indication as to when it'll start shooting (I suppose you need a director for that) and when it might be in theaters. I guess we'll just have to be patient, as difficult as that is.

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