Benedict Cumberbatch will portray British hero Jasper Maskelyne in the World War II drama “The War Magician”.
Maskelyne was a magician who helped the Allied forces fight the Nazis. He assembled a group dubbed ‘The Magic Gang’ who were able to create the illusion that tanks, troops and buildings disappeared.
At one point they allegedly managed to conceal the Alexandria harbor and the Suez Canal, hiding 150,000 men and 1,000 guns and tanks in the process. Gary Whitta will pen the script based on David Fisher’s fact-based book.
Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein are producing but no director is yet set.
Source: The Wrap