Benedict Cumberbatch, who played both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Strange, will play Tom Hazard, a 400 year old man who doesn’t look a day over 41, in the film adaptation of Matt Haig’s upcoming novel How to Stop Time.
The film project will be produced under Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch banner along with StudioCanal.
“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,” StudioCanal UK CEO Danny Perkins said in a statement. “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.”
How to Stop Time will be published by Canongate Books in July.
“The prospect of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Tom Hazard is a hugely exciting one and I could not be happier about working with Adam and Jamie, and to be reunited with StudioCanal,” said adult and children’s author Haig (A Boy Called Christmas, The Last Family in England, The Radleys) in a statement.
Cumberbatch, who is also executive producing the project, will next play Dr. Stephen Strange in the upcoming Marvel superhero movies Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. The brilliant detective actor will also play the scientific genius Thomas Edison in The Current War.