Benedict Cumberbatch Is Going Rogue and Remains Male in Upcoming Rogue Male

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Benedict Cumberbatch, he of Sherlock and The Hobbit fame, furthered his commitment to British literature today by signing on to star as a man running from the law in the upcoming adaption of Geoffrey Household's Rogue Male. The 1939 thriller is about an English hunter (Cumberbatch) who decides to aim his shotgun at a dictator in an unnamed nation who might remind you of a certain mustachioed monster that controlled Germany at that time. When the sportsman is caught by this dictator's secret service, he is tortured, but he escapes on a ship heading to London. He ends up hiding out in the countryside, battling the harsh elements, as both foreign agents and the police try to track him down. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cumberbatch is also producing the film, while Macbeth writer (the 2015 movie, not the play) Michael Lesslie has been tapped for the screenplay.