Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in ‘How to Stop Time’

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is to star in upcoming film How to Stop Time.

Following his cosmic role in Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Doctor Strange, the 40-year-old actor is to appear in another sci-fi film.

The movie is an adaptation of Matt Haig’s forthcoming novel and even before the book hits the shelves its film rights have been snapped up by Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch and Studiocanal.

Haig shared the news on his official Twitter account on Tuesday, posting: “Look! Exciting news alert! Benedict Cumberbatch is going to star in the adaptation of my new novel. Am so happy.”

In a separate tweet, he wrote: “Benedict is the only person I could think of to play the part of Tom Hazard. No-one quite like him. So amazing when a wish actually HAPPENS. (sic)”

Cumberbatch’s alter ego Tom Hazard is a man in his early 40s whom thanks to an extremely rare condition has been alive for centuries.

Haig added: “I only finished writing this book about two weeks ago. And now this is happening. It feels fast and surreal. Beautiful, but surreal.”

Speaking about the project, Studiocanal UK CEO Danny Perkins said in a statement: “We are delighted to be continuing our successful relationship with Matt Haig as well as build upon our long-running and dynamic partnership with SunnyMarch, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland. This compelling novel will make for a powerful film that falls in line with Studiocanal’s ongoing commitment to British talent, storytelling and production. We look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.”

Haig, a best-selling author whose books have been translated into 30 different languages, has penned his first adult novel in four years.

His most recent children’s book The Girl Who Saved Christmas – the sequel to A Boy Called Christmas – was published in late 2016 in more than 20 countries. Studiocanal and Blueprint Pictures own the screen rights to that book series.

As well as starring in the film, Cumberbatch is also attached to executive produce alongside Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate Books, which is publishing the book in July.

Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange for Thor: Ragnarok and will follow that up with a spot in Avengers: Infinity War which is currently filming in Atlanta, Georgia.

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