Benedict Cumberbatch to star as centuries-old immortal in How to Stop Time

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Apr 27, 2017, 12:14 PM EDT (Updated)

Benedict Cumberbatch is exchanging the Sorcerer Supreme's Cloak of Levitation and Eye of Agamotto for an immortal life.

The super busy actor (who's currently filming Avengers: Infinity War) is set to star in How to Stop Time, the big-screen adaptation of author Matt Haig's (Shadow Forest, The Humans, A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas) forthcoming novel of the same name.

According to Deadline, Cumberbatch's SunnyMarch banner and its part-owner StudioCanal have pre-emptively acquired the film rights for the novel, which is set to be published this coming July by Canongate, with Cumberbatch slated to star and executive-produce.

How to Stop Time "tells the story of Tom Hazard (Cumberbatch), a man who may look like an ordinary 41-year-old but, owing to an extremely rare condition, has been alive for centuries. It's billed as a love story that spans time and continents." Sounds interesting, and anything with Benedict Cumberbatch is always a win-win in my book.

But you know what this story reminds me of? The Age of Adaline. You know, the 2015 movie where the female lead (played by Blake Lively) stops aging at 29 after a freak accident during a storm and lives for nearly a hundred years before another freak accident re-starts Adaline's regular aging progress? I'm curious to see how How to Stop Time will deal with the topic of immortality and all that it entails.

What do you think of the premise for How to Stop Time and Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the lead role?

(via Deadline)