After gaining fame and attention for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series “Sherlock”, Benedict Cumberbatch seems to have a world of offers to choose from. Which has, thankfully, led to a wide range of roles.
Cumberbatch is continuing to diversify his portfolio with a new movie about a private military contractor in the Middle East. Variety learned today that Benedict has signed up to star in the film “Blood Mountain” which “follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival.”
The thriller will be directed by Sergei Bodrov who has “The Seventh Son” coming out later next year. ”Blood Mountain” is based on a script written by Jonathan W. Stokes and revised by John Romano. Shooting is expected to start in April, but there’s no word on a target release date yet.