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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Gypsy Boy

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BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to star in Gypsy Boy, a new film about former bare-knuckle fighter and LGBT activist Mikey Walsh.

Based on Walsh’s best-selling memoirs, the film adaptation is to be directed by Morgan Matthews, the two-time BAFTA-winning filmmaker whose debut was the acclaimed X+Y.

Production on the film is due to start in the summer of 2018.

Walsh was raised to be a bare-knuckle fighter in the Romany Gypsy community, before then being forced to leave his family and culture in 1996 because he was gay.

He subsequently wrote about his experience in two autobiographies, which – in turn – led him to being added to a list of the most influential British LGBT people in both 2014 and 2015.

Cumberbatch is set to play Walsh’s father, Frank, who placed a pair of golden gloves on a chain around his newborn son’s neck in the hope that he would maintain the family’s fighting reputation.

A casting search is now on to find a young actor to play Mikey opposite Cumberbatch.

News of Cumberbatch’s involvement was announced at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday.

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