Benedict Cumberbatch is about to take on a different kind of magic, one that is far more grounded in reality than his Doctor Strange powers. Well, kinda. You could argue that Doctor Strange is grounded in multiple realities, but you know what I mean here. According to Deadline, Benedict Cumberbatch will fight Nazis with illusions in the Colin Trevorrow-helmed film War Magician. That sounds so great.
The upcoming movie is based on the true story of illusionist Jasper Maskelyne, who famously defeated Nazi field marshal Erwin Rommel during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch will star (presumably as Maskelyne) while E. Nicholas Mariani will pen the script. We know very few plot details at this point and likely won’t hear more for a bit. We are still waiting on what the director is currently working on releasing.
So, while not much is known about War Magician yet, as it was just announced, we do have a solid idea of what it will be about. Also, we do know that the Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle is director Colin Trevorrow’s next endeavor after the hotly anticipated, frequently-delayed Jurassic World: Dominion.
Maskelyne made an appearance in a 1937 Pathe film titled The Famous Illusionist, in which he tricked audiences into thinking he swallowed razor blades. That was one of his signature tricks, one that mystified people for years. Maybe Benedict Cumberbatch will master that same elusive art for the role? Or, ya know, movie magic will make it look good. Either way, with director Colin Trevorrow’s extensive experience making movies look great, we are definitely in for a treat with this next venture. It really is too bad he did not get to realize his plans for Star Wars: Episode IX. What he had in store for us was amazing.
Benedict Cumberbatch is perhaps best known for playing Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a solid case could be made for his turn as Sherlock Holmes in the beloved Sherlock show.
In addition to his role as Doctor Stephen Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch has played many historical figures before, so this should not be too big of a leap for him at all. He portrayed the inventor Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, the famous Thomas Edison in The Current War, William M. Bulger in Black Mass, and other notable people from history. He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Turing, and has received numerous accolades for his many other performances.
No release date has been scheduled for Benedict Cumberbatch’s newly announced magician movie, but his other magic-centric film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is currently scheduled for release on March 25, 2022. That film is going to be wild and it can’t get here soon enough. Until then, stay tuned for more casting announcements and other related updates for War Magician and maybe revisit Cumberbatch’s many other roles while you are at it! There are plenty of films you can dive into that feature the actor, both prominently and in supporting roles. You can’t go wrong either way.