Fresh from the sunny beaches of the French Riviera, it has been announced that Benedict Cumberbatch, (the busiest man in the biz) has signed on to yet another film…this time an Iraq War Drama called Yellow Birds co-starring Tye Sheridan and fellow Brit, Will Poulter.
Based on a novel by Iraq vet, Kevin Powers, the film centers around two young soldiers (Sheridan and Poulter) who are taken under the wing of older sergeant (Cumberbatch) as they are deployed to Iraq.
Yellow Birds will be directed by Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, who said, “I never had any interest in making a war film until Jeff and Evan brought me the novel by Kevin Powers…And perhaps I still don’t, because while Powers’ story takes place during wartime, it isn’t about the conflict. It is about characters who find themselves caught up in war, but who struggle to not let it define them. I fell in love with them. It is a beautiful and deeply personal tale, relayed through images and memories, and I am excited to have the chance to bring it to the screen.”
Cumberbatch is coming off an amazingly successful year, including the highly anticipated (and when are the CumberBabe’s projects not highly anticipated?) Season 3 of the BBC hit-series, “Sherlock”. Cumberbatch will next be seen playing Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” for The Weinstein Company (Nov. 2014)
And, then the even more highly anticipated finale of The Hobbit Trilogy the newly re-named, The Battle of the Five Armies for Warner Bros. (Dec 2014)
Poulter who we remember as the nasty cousin in “Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, recently starred in “We’re the Millers”
Cumberbatch is repped by UTA and Poulter is repped by WME.
Back to the beaches of Cannes….