There’s no end to the demand for Benedict Cumberbatch! The actor is currently in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of The Man In The Rockefeller Suit.
The film will be based on Mark Seal’s book, which follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a real life imposter that conned his way into various Wall Street jobs and eventually, a marriage, by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. The stakes are only that much higher when his past finally catches up to him and he risks losing custody of his only daughter.
Cumberbatch is no stranger to biopics, having played The Imitation Game’s lead character, Alan Turing, a role which earned him an Oscar nomination. In addition to experience, he’s also solidified his bankability as an actor, following the commercially successful 2016 film, Doctor Strange. The Marvel movie went on to become one of Cumberbatch’s highest-grossing films to date, amassing an impressive $677.6 million worldwide.
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit’s adapted script will be provided by David Bar Katz and Donald De Line is already confirmed to be producing the film, though a production date has yet to be set. As Searchlight’s current priority, the film is looking to secure a director and commence production as soon as possible.