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Colin Trevorrow to direct Benedict Cumberbatch’s war magician

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Benedict Cumberbatch has found another wizarding robe to slip into. Director Colin Trevorrow is set to lead the actor in War magician, by DeadlineThe long-running Studiocanal project will be written by Nicholas Mariani and is based on the book of the same name by David Fisher.

War Magician will follow the story of Jasper Maskelyne, an illusionist who volunteered in the British Army during World War II. Stationed in Egypt, Maskelyne used his methods to develop vehicle camouflage, mock bomb craters, and create a dummy army to deceive Axis forces.Cumberbatch was attached to the project since 2015, even before he began his tenure as the MCU’s resident wizard, Doctor Strange. The actor will reprise the role in Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, due for release on March 25, 2022. Recently, Cumberbatch dashed the hopes of Star Wars fans that he would play Grand Admiral Thrawn in an upcoming project, admitting he had no idea who the character was until he said “I don’t wanna be blue.”

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Trevorrow has also been a hot topic among Star Wars fans. The director was originally attached to the making of Episode 9, which would have been titled “Star Wars: Duel of the Fates”. A fan recently adapted a leaked script of the chopped project into a comic book.

Trevorrow is also keen on directing a science fiction thriller about the underwater city of Atlantis for Universal. Additionally, the filmmaker has been busy directing Jurassic World: Dominion through various COVID-19 security protocols. The production finished its 18 month production in November and will bow on June 10, 2022. The film has been teased as a “culmination” of the six Jurassic films, with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill reprising all of their roles from previous entries.

J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.

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