Benedict Cumberbatch joins English peasant revolt drama ‘The Hood’

A new British historical movie is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Best known for his roles in Sherlock, The Imitation Game, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange movies, the 46-year-old London-born actor will lead the cast of The Hood.

English director Paul Greengrass has written the script, and he’ll direct the film too.

As well as directing three entries in Matt Damon’s Bourne franchise, Greengrass also made Captain Philips and American period drama News of the World with Tom Hanks.

The Hood is described by Deadline as “an action drama that is best likened to Braveheart and Gladiator.”

The story of The Hood is set to focus on the peasant revolt in England in 1381.

Known as Wat Tyler’s Rebellion, or the Great Rising, it was a major uprising across large areas of the country.

Empire magazine reports that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing a farmer who becomes a leader in the revolt.

The film will mark a period drama return for Cumberbatch, following his Best Actor nomination at last year’s Academy Awards for his role in The Power of the Dog.

While he didn’t win that Oscar, filmmaker Jane Campion won Best Director at the awards for the movie.

Watch the trailer for The Power of the Dog here:

Coming up, Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring in a new TV adaptation of The 39 Steps, and World War II drama The War Magician.

He’s also appearing in Netflix’s Roald Dahl tale The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar later this year, alongside Ralph Fiennes and Dev Patel.

The Hood is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2024.

You can check out our complete list of upcoming British period drama movies here!

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