Benedict Cumberbatch Flies to 'The Yellow Birds' for David Lowery
Last year was a busy one for Benedict Cumberbatch with roles in The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But the "Sherlock" star is slowing down a little bit with fewer projects in his immediate future like The Imitation Game and a voice in The Penguins of Madagascar. Now one more project has been added to his future slate as ScreenDaily has learned that he will star in an adaptation of The Yellow Birds, the novel by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers. However, when you hear the story, it doesn't sound like Cumberbatch is in the lead.
The book follows 21-year old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy who cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home after the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. Cumberbatch will likely play a commanding officer of some sort while Tye Sheridan (Mud, Joe) and Will Poulter (We're the Millers, The Maze Runner) take the lead roles. And bringing this whole package together will be Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery, so this sounds absolutely fantastic.