The War Magician Movie

The War Magician movie is currently in Development

December 8, 2015 • 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.

Who's Involved:

Tony Eldridge, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Saperstein, Gary Whitta, Bob Cooper

Release Date:

To Be Announced (TBA)

Rating: N/A

Runtime: N/A

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.

The War Magician Plot: What's the story?

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.

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Film Details & Notes: What do we know about The War Magician?

  1. Planning to shoot in locations throughout Europe and the Middle East (Variety, 12/8/15).

Crew and Production Credits: Who's making The War Magician?

A look at the The War Magician behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Peter Weir last directed The Way Back and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The film's writer Gary Whitta last wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and After Earth.



Gary Whitta


Bob Cooper
Tony Eldridge
Richard Saperstein

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Production Timeline: When did the The War Magician come together?

On or about December 8, 2015 • The film was in Development status.

Benedict Cumberbatch now attached to star. StudioCanal on board to finance and distribute in its territories.

On or about February 16, 2012 • The film was in Development status.

The War Magician Release Date: When is it coming out?

The War Magician is coming out To Be Announced (TBA).
United States

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