You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks to Play Real-Life Con in ‘Man in the Rockefeller Suit’

Benedict Cumberbatch is in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” sources confirmed to Variety.

David Bar Katz adapted the script. Donald De Line is producing the film, although a production date has not been set yet.

Based on Mark Seal’s book, the story follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street — as well as a marriage — by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. After entering rarefied social circles, his past finally caught up with him and he feared losing custody of his only daughter.

Cumberbatch is no stranger to portraying characters based on real people, having played mathematician Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game,” which landed him an Oscar nomination.

Cumberbatch’s most recent movie, “Doctor Strange,” in which he played Marvel’s titular superhero, was one of his highest-grossing to date, hauling  $677.6 million worldwide.

He is currently playing Thomas Edison in The Weinstein Company’s “The Current War” and is also on board to voice the Grinch in Illumination Entertainment’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

He is represented by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

More Film

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Endless Summer' Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80

    Benedict Cumberbatch is in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” sources confirmed to Variety. David Bar Katz adapted the script. Donald De Line is producing the film, although a production date has not been set yet. Based on Mark Seal’s book, the story follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, […]

  • Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite

    Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite in JFK Assassination Drama 'Newsflash'

    Benedict Cumberbatch is in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” sources confirmed to Variety. David Bar Katz adapted the script. Donald De Line is producing the film, although a production date has not been set yet. Based on Mark Seal’s book, the story follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, […]

  • Golden Globe Nominations: Good News and

    Golden Globes Nominations: At Least It Was a Good Year for Strong Female Roles

    Benedict Cumberbatch is in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” sources confirmed to Variety. David Bar Katz adapted the script. Donald De Line is producing the film, although a production date has not been set yet. Based on Mark Seal’s book, the story follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, […]

  • Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood on Scoring 'Phantom

    There Will Be Greenwood: The Radiohead Rocker on Scoring 'Phantom Thread'

    Benedict Cumberbatch is in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” sources confirmed to Variety. David Bar Katz adapted the script. Donald De Line is producing the film, although a production date has not been set yet. Based on Mark Seal’s book, the story follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, […]

  • NOR_D01_053017_9621_R2 – L-R: Tom Hanks (Ben

    Fox Picks Up Leading 27 Golden Globes Nominations as Disney Deal Looms

    Benedict Cumberbatch is in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” sources confirmed to Variety. David Bar Katz adapted the script. Donald De Line is producing the film, although a production date has not been set yet. Based on Mark Seal’s book, the story follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, […]

  • Paddington 2

    International Newswire: Animation - An Indie Growth Industry?

    Benedict Cumberbatch is in early talks to star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” sources confirmed to Variety. David Bar Katz adapted the script. Donald De Line is producing the film, although a production date has not been set yet. Based on Mark Seal’s book, the story follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content