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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in How to Stop Time adaptation

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Story by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to play a 400-year-old man in the film adaptation of forthcoming novel How to Stop Time.

Based on the book by Matt Haig, which won’t actually be released onto book-shelves until July, the film is described as a “wildly imagined love story”, with Cumberbatch set to play a character named Tom Hazard – a supposed 41-year-old who is really 400.

The romance that ensues spans centuries and continents, with the book set to cement “Haig’s reputation as one of the most original and exciting novelists of his generation”, according to a statement.

Haig is hitherto best known for his children’s books, including A Boy Called Christmas. The author said: “The prospect of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Tom Hazard is a hugely exciting one and I could not be happier.”

Cumberbatch’s production company, SunnyMarch, will make the film in partnership with Studiocanal, while the actor will also take on the role of executive producer.

Before that, he’ll be reprising his role as the eccentric surgeon Dr Stephen Strange in the Marvel superhero movies Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as starring in The Current War as the real-life genius inventor Thomas Edison.

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