4:30 PM, 01 June 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch is being linked to a starring role in a proposed new film set in the trenches of the First World War.
The Sherlock star is tipped to play the lead role of the hero Captain Stanhope in a new film based on R.C Sherriff's 1928 play about a group of officers in the last year of the conflict.
In the play Stanhope is a father figure to his men but also reflects bitterly about the idiocy of war. Hiddleston is also said to be a candidate for the new film, which has not been formally financed but looks to have a good chance to be made.
According to the Sunday Times, the Fluidity Films project has been in abeyance for a number of years because of complications surrounding a series of deals stretching back to 1929. A feature film version, banned by the Nazis in 1933, was made in 1930 and a 1988 television adaptation starred Jeremy Northam.
However a letter from Prince Andrew to Warner Bros has rekindled interest in the new project, the paper reported, with the member of the Royal Family asking the head of Warner Bros UK Josh Berger to reconsider reclaiming the rights to the project and the story which the Prince said was of significance to the UK as we reach the war's 100th anniversary.