Development: Story selection and rights acquired; idea being crafted into usable script; financing and casting attachments sought; aiming for 'greenlight'. Benedict Cumberbatch now attached to star. StudioCanal on board to finance and distribute in its territories.
Benedict Cumberbatch will play the titular British hero Jasper Maskelyne, the magician whose illusions helped the allied forces fight against the Nazis during World War II. more
A patriotic British stage magician volunteers his illusionist abilities to help battle the Nazis. After proving his potential value to skeptical commanders, he and a few cohorts are sent to North Africa, where British troops are being pounded by Gen. Rommel. He helps halt Rommel's charge through a campaign of deception. He camouflages a key British-occupied harbor by creating a bogus one that bears the brunt of nightly bombing raids; shields troops in the Suez Canal through a system of anti-aircraft searchlights and mirrors that blind Nazi pilots; and camouflages British weaponry and uses props to give the appearance of a stronger fighting force.